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Brewers to miss Hart at start

MILWAUKEE — The heavy-hitting Brewers offense is going to be missing a big bat when the season begins.

First baseman Corey Hart will miss three to four months with an injured right knee that requires surgery, the team announced Friday.

Hart's knee swelled during offseason workouts, and an MRI exam revealed a torn meniscus and other damage that will be surgically repaired Tuesday.

The two-time All-Star is entering the final year of his contract. He hit .270 with 30 homers and 83 RBIs last year to help the Brewers lead the NL in home runs and runs scored.

Hart also had surgery on his right knee last spring to repair damaged cartilage. He returned sooner than expected to be in the lineup on opening day. If Hart needs the full estimated recovery time this time, he may not be in games until late May.

Making deals: NL MVP Buster Posey agreed to an $8 million, one-year contract with the Giants, teammate Hunter Pence got a $13.4 million deal and Jacoby Ellsbury settled with the Red Sox for $9 million on a busy day as players and teams swapped figures in salary arbitration.

Eighty-one players reached agreements, leaving 36 headed toward hearings next month in Phoenix from among the 133 who filed Tuesday. Most of the cases are expected to settle.

Padres third baseman Chase Headley had the largest request and the biggest spread, asking for $10.3 million while the team offered $7,075,000.

Teams won five of seven cases decided by three-arbitrator panels last winter, their 14th winning record in 16 years. Overall, owners lead 291-214 since arbitration began in 1974.

Right-hander Matt Garza and the Cubs agreed to a $10.25 million, one-year deal. The former Ray avoided arbitration a year ago as well, agreeing to a $9.5 million deal but was derailed by an injury to his pitching elbow July 21.

Other notable names (with reported new salary) agreeing to one-year deals:

Indians closer Chris Perez ($7.3 million), Padres right-hander Edinson Volquez ($5.725 million), Orioles catcher Matt Wieters ($5.5 million), Mariners first baseman Kendrys Morales ($5.25 million), Royals right-hander Luke Hochevar ($4.65 million), Diamondbacks right-hander Ian Kennedy ($4.265 million), Tigers right-hander Doug Fister ($4 million), Blue Jays left-hander J.A. Happ ($3.7 million), Braves outfielder Jason Heyward ($3.65 million), Tigers outfielder Austin Jackson ($3.5 million), Orioles infielder Chris Davis ($3.3 million) and Yankees left-hander Boone Logan ($3.15 million).

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