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Amid trade rumors, Hart wants to stay

Amid trade rumors, Hart wants to stay

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MILWAUKEE -- All-Star outfielder Corey Hart says he wants to remain with the Brewers, but understands that the team's poor play this season might prompt a trade.

"I would be disappointed to be traded away from the Brewers, because this is the only team I know," said Hart, Milwaukee's 11th-round pick in the 2000 First-Year Player Draft. "I would like to stick it out here and help to turn things around, but I can't control what happens.

"Hopefully, we don't become sellers yet. Obviously, we're not playing good baseball, but we would all like to stay together and try to figure this out."

The Brewers entered their Thursday series finale against the Giants on the verge of being swept in four games, and 11 1/2 games behind the National League Central-leading Reds.

The Giants have reportedly shown interest in Hart, but Brewers general manager Doug Melvin has so far been underwhelmed by the offers for Hart and any of his other players who might become available. The Giants appear to be a good match. They need offense and have depth of starting pitching, the area in which the Brewers would most like to improve.

Brewers manager Ken Macha has been kept apprised of trade scenarios by Melvin, who dropped by the manager's office on Thursday morning.

"From what I understand, there's trade rumors circulating everywhere about a whole bunch of stuff," Macha said. "I don't want [Melvin's] job. He's the caretaker of the organization as far as personnel are concerned. There is a separation, and a great amount of respect that I have for [Melvin's] job."

Even if the Giants left Milwaukee on Thursday without him, Hart figures that the trade rumors will persist until the July 31 Trade Deadline.

"It's part of the job," Hart said. "Any time you're not living up to expectations as a team, these things are going to come. I can't let it bother me too much. I can't do much about it."

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