01/16/09 10:43 AM EST
Brewers' pursuit of Dunn is done
Team not interested in trading Hart to open spot for slugger
By Adam McCalvy / MLB.com
He added: "We got to where we are today because of our young players. I'm not looking to change anything with that unless there is some good, young pitching available in a trade. Teams hold on to young players and good pitching."The Brewers believe Hart, 26, is one of those good, young players, and he has compiled two consecutive seasons of at least 20 home runs and 20 stolen bases. But he also followed an All-Star first half of 2008 (Hart won the fan vote that decided the final spot on the National League squad) by hitting .239 with a .263 on-base percentage after the break. From Sept. 7 through the end of the regular season, Hart hit .132 with a .159 on-base mark. Hart certainly was not the only Brewers hitter who struggled down the stretch, but after he was 3-for-13 (.231) in the NL Division Series against the eventual World Champion Phillies, he was asked about his year. "You guys have to do your job, to pick and make us mad," Hart said of reporters, only half joking. "But I want to do better than I did the last month. At the same time, you just try to learn from the pressure. All year is cake until you get to that last month. "I need to figure it out," Hart said. "The rest of the guys need to figure it out, too, how to step up. The pitching carried us to the playoffs, and we [the hitters] weren't able to get it going."
Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.