Milwaukee Brewers May Need to Trade Corey Hart

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It has been a season to forget so far for the Milwaukee Brewers.

The team is in last place in the NL Central with a 21-35 record, and don’t appear to have much hope of winning on a regular basis at this point. The saving grace might be the return of Corey Hart soon. Hart took full batting practice on Monday as he put his injured knee to the test. The team will have a decision to make with Hart by the end of July if he can come back and play well.

I think it is obvious that the Brewers aren’t going to make the playoffs this year. They aren’t going to trade Ryan Braun, Yovani Gallardo or Aramis Ramirez so they need to look elsewhere to get some prospects. Hart would be the lone choice as he makes just over $10 million this season, but it is also possible that his return turns the season around.

We must remember that he has hit at least 25 home runs each of the last three seasons. He has already missed two months so if he can return by the end of June, you would think he could hit 15 home runs the rest of the way.

The Brewers will have a lot to consider between now and the trade deadline, and a lot of that will depend on what happens with Hart when he does return. I think the Brewers can fight their up out of the cellar in the NL Central with Hart returning, but a .500 record is probably out of play. A trade could easily happen in July.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.

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