Corey Hart appears to be heading to a salary arbitration hearing. The Brewers are offering $2.7M while Hart is asking for $3.8M. Here may be a key piece of evidence:
|Curtis Granderson||Corey Hart|
Granderson's salary is part of a 5-year deal that tops out at $13M in 2013.
A key part of arbitration hearings is a comparison to similar players. Add this to the fact that the Brewers had a record attendance last year and made the playoffs - also contributing factors. I think Doug Melvin might be in some trouble on this one.
Here's another interesting comparison:
|Andre Either||Corey Hart|
Either is also arbitration eligible for the first time. He is asking for $3.75M; the Dodgers are offering $2.65M - numbers eerily similar to Hart's case. Either's arbitration hearing is February 17 - the day before Hart's. If the Dodgers win, expect a last minute settlement. If Either wins, the Brewers are sunk.