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.
The Braves have signed reliever Blaine Boyer to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, MLB.com’s Mark Bowman reports. Bowman adds that the right-hander has a “good chance” to make the Braves’ bullpen out of spring training.
Boyer, 35, spent the past season with the Brewers, finishing with a 3.95 ERA and a 26/17 K/BB ratio in 66 innings.
Boyer, of course, started his professional baseball career with the Braves as they selected him in the third round of the 2000 draft. Since the Braves traded him in 2009, Boyer has pitched for the Cardinals, Diamondbacks, Mets, Padres, and Twins along with the Brewers.
Update (6:48 PM EST): Topkin reports the contract will be of the major league variety.
Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays and free agent reliever Shawn Tolleson are close to finalizing a contract.
Tolleson, who turns 29 years old on Thursday, had an ugly 2016 season, finishing with a 7.68 ERA and a 29/10 K/BB ratio in 36 1/3 innings. He was one of the Rangers’ best relievers in the two seasons prior to that, however, which included saving 35 games in 2015.