Bowling Green native Corey Hart didn’t have to wait long to see if the Milwaukee Brewers were serious about keeping him around after the team chose to not trade him before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. The team announced this morning it had signed the Greenwood High School alum to a three-year extension that will keep him with the Brewers through 2013, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwuakee Journal Sentinel reports. Hart is batting .288 with 23 home runs and 72 RBI on the season and was named an All-Star in July.
No financial terms of the deal were announced, but Haudricourt speculated the deal is worth somewhere around $25 million total. The Brewers drafted Hart in the 11th round of the 2000 draft out of Greenwood and he made his MLB debut on May 25, 2004. His 90 career home runs rank 14th among all players born in Kentucky, and he is one of only 12 Kentuckians named to multiple all-star games. (Read more)