Brewers sign Hart to extension

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, Last Updated: 5:25 PM ET

Milwaukee - The Milwaukee Brewers have signed outfielder Corey Hart to a three-year contract extension.

According to the team's website, Hart will be paid a total of $26.5 million through the 2013 season. He will make $6.5 million in 2011, $9 million in 2012 and $10 million in the last year of the deal and will also receive a $1 million signing bonus. The contract erases his final year of arbitration eligibility and first two years of free agency.

Hart is batting .288 with 23 homers and 72 runs batted in over 92 games this season. He was named to his second All-Star team this summer, following his first selection in 2008.

"The Brewers are very excited to have Corey signed for the next three years," said Brewers general manager Doug Melvin. "He is one of our drafted and developed players and with his two-time All-Star performances, Corey deserves this contract that will provide his family security. We appreciate his wanting to remain a Brewer and a part of the Milwaukee community."

Hart owns a .275 career batting average with 90 homers and 332 RBI in 613 games since his big league debut in 2004. He is one homer shy of his previous single-season best of 24, set during the 2007 campaign.

The Brewers selected the 28-year-old Kentucky native in the 11th round of the 2000 draft.


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