MILWAUKEE -- says the Brewers and Braves have discussed a Corey Hart-for-Derek Lowe swap. But the Braves aren't believed to have much interest in Hart, and it remains to be seen whether the Brewers likely have concerns about Lowe's bulky contract.

The report detailed the Braves' difficulties in moving Lowe, who turns 37 next month, is owed $45 million over the next three seasons and is coming off a season in which he posted a 4.67 ERA. That's Lowe's highest mark since he moved to the National League in 2005.

The Brewers are indeed a potential target because Milwaukee general manager Doug Melvin is focused this winter on bolstering the starting rotation. But Melvin already owes Jeff Suppan $12.5 million in 2010, the final season of Suppan's four-year contract, and might prefer a shorter-term deal with a pitcher on the free-agent market.

The Braves may also look to move right-hander Javier Vazquez, who is coming off a fabulous 2009 season in which he went 15-10 with a 2.87 ERA and is owed $11.5 million in 2010, the final year of his contract.

But if the Brewers do indeed target Vazquez, there are indications that the Braves would not want Hart in the return package. Atlanta is not fond of Hart's aggressive offensive approach, especially considering that he's likely to earn a significant raise in arbitration. Hart made $3.25 million in 2009, when he batted .260 with 12 home runs and 48 RBIs and missed more than a month following an appendectomy.

Any deal involving Hart would also leave the Brewers without a starting right fielder. The team has control of Jody Gerut, who came on in the final weeks of the 2009 season and is arbitration eligible, but few options behind him. The only other outfielders on the 40-man roster are left fielder Ryan Braun, center fielder Carlos Gomez and prospect Lorenzo Cain, who was hampered by a knee injury through most of 2009.