After spending his entire pro career with the Brewers, Corey Hart signed a one-year, $6 million contract with the Mariners earlier this month. In a classy gesture, he took out an ad in the local newspaper today to say thanks to the fans of Milwaukee and the Brewers organization for their support over the years.
Below is a picture of the ad, courtesy of the Brewers’ Twitter account:
Hart, an 11th round pick of the Brewers in 2000, compiled a .276/.334/.491 batting line over nine seasons with the club to go along with 154 home runs and 508 RBI.
If it were up to him, Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson would finish the remainder of his career in Toronto. In fact, he’d be “ticked pink” if the club decided to sign him to a long-term deal. Whether the Blue Jays share that sentiment is still unclear, as Donaldson said Saturday that the team has yet to engage his agent in extension talks.
“I’ve said that I wanted to be here,” he told MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm. “That’s pretty much all I can say. I’m not the one who makes the decisions, nor would I try to put them in the position to do that. Like I said, I believe the situation will become more fluid when the time is right.”
That doesn’t necessarily mean an extension is out of the question. The Blue Jays reached an unprecedented one-year, $23 million agreement with the three-time All-Star in arbitration, and have been reticent to field trade offers despite continued interest from the Cardinals this winter.
Donaldson, 32, is poised to enter his eighth season in the majors and fourth with the Blue Jays. In 2017, he batted .270/.385/.559 with 33 home runs and a .944 OPS in 496 plate appearances, ranking sixth among all major league third baseman with 5.0 fWAR. He’s scheduled to enter free agency following the 2018 season.