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The Braves could target the Brewers' Corey Hart for offensive help

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From K-Ros this morning, perhaps another outfielder we are looking at adding:

The Brewers' quest for pitching could lead to renewed talks with the Braves, who in the past have targeted Brewers right fielder Corey Hart. The Braves would need to clear their own right fielder, Jeff Francoeur, before acquiring Hart, and no team is hot after Francoeur.

The problem for the Brewers in trading Hart is their lack of a suitable replacement. Still, the Braves are deep in pitching — and could get even deeper if right-hander Tim Hudson returns from Tommy John surgery in mid-August.

Like Francoeur, Hart is in his first year of arbitration and signed to a similar contract. Surely the Royals would take him if we just sort of gave him away.

The Braves apparently inquired on Hart back in early December at the Winter Meetings, though there is some debate as to whether they did or not. Hart is a somewhat similar player to Francoeur, though he may be realizing more of his potential at this point than our current right fielder. Here is a comparison of their stats:


G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG
2009 - Jeff Francoeur 68 256 28 63 7 2 4 30 12 37 4 1 .246 .281 .336


G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG
2009 - Corey Hart 66 251 41 65 14 3 9 32 24 63 5 3 .259 .323 .446


He certainly offers more in the extra base hit department, but with the need for pitching on some other teams, I would think we could get more for a starting pitcher if we choose to trade one.

We'll keep an eye on these rumors as they come out, and I believe we'll see more and more the closer Tim Hudson is to returning. His successful return allows the Braves to make a big move.