Winter Meetings Rumors: Brewers talk to Mets, Hart

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This certainly doesn't feel like a team confident in their ability to bring Corey Hart back.

A few moments ago we learned that the Brewers are among the candidates to trade for Marlins first baseman Logan Morrison. They're apparently also still a candidate to acquire a first baseman from the Mets, and re-sign their own.

The Brewers met with the Mets today to talk about New York's available first basemen, but also met with Jeff Berry, who represents Corey HartAdam McCalvy has the scoop on Twitter from both meetings, and says "groundwork" took place on both fronts.

The Brewers and Mets were connected in rumors several weeks ago about a deal that could include both Norichika Aoki and New York 1B Ike Davis. The Brewers have since moved Aoki to Kansas City but appear to maintain at least passing interest in Davis, a 26-year-old .242/.334/.434 hitter. Davis hit 32 home runs in 2012 (no small feat at Citi Field) but his production declined sharply in 2013, as he hit just .205/.326/.334 in 103 games. He was much better after a month-long stint in AAA, though, wrapping up the season with a .267/.429/.443 line in his last 48 appearances.

The Brewers could also be interested in Lucas Duda, who is 27 and a very similar career .246/.342/.424 hitter. Duda appeared in 100 games for the Mets in 2013 and hit 15 home runs.

The fact that the Brewers have been connected to two different teams' available first basemen today would suggest that a potential return for Corey Hart is anything but a given at this point. Brewers execs met with Hart's agent today and plan to talk again but nothing is imminent, according to Tom Haudricourt.

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