The Associated Press is reporting that the Brewers and Corey Hart did in fact go into an arbitration hearing today, as the two sides were unable to come to a deal at the 11th hour. As noted by Adam McCalvy yesterday, Hart is the first Brewer to go to a hearing in 12 years. The AP report states that Hart’s hearing is the first in the Majors this year.
A ruling from the arbitration panel of Elizabeth Neumeier, John Sands and Sylvia Skratek is expected by Friday. What do you guys think will be the outcome? Hart stands to get a raise no matter the outcome, which probably contributed to his willingness to go all the way to a hearing. Is he smart for exploiting the system, or is he just another money-grubbing athlete getting paid more than he deserves?