(WNFL) - Milwaukee Brewers' general manager Doug Melvin said there was no way the team could match the contract offer that Corey Hart got from Seattle. The veteran first baseman agreed to a one-year contract with the Mariners yesterday that guarantees him six-million dollars plus 13-and-a-half million in incentives. The Journal Sentinel said the Brewers offered a four-million-dollar guarantee, and two-and-a-half million in incentives. Melvin said he didn't blame the 31-year-old Hart for leaving. He said the financial numbers were just too far apart. Hart spent more than eight seasons with Milwaukee, and was the longest-serving Brewer. He batted .276 in 945 games with 154 homers and 508 R-B-I with two All-Star appearances. Hart missed all of this year after having surgery on both his knees. Hart said the designated hitter option in the American League could help give him a break when he needs it. He said he a lot of appreciation for Milwaukee, but the move to Seattle was best for him and his family. Melvin agreed that a player like Hart could get up to 30 extra games as a D-H, and the talent pool for National League teams is smaller because of it. Meanwhile, the Brewers continue to look for a more solid first baseman for 2014. For now, the best option appears to be Dodgers' free agent James Loney.
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