With the off-season already a very busy one on the personnel front in Major League Baseball, the annual winter meetings open Monday at the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resort.

The Brewers' main quest is to fill their first-base void. I touched base with free agent Corey Hart on Sunday and he said he had yet to hear from the Brewers but expected his agent, Jeff Berry, to meet with general manager Doug Melvin here.

If the Brewers feel that Hart has sufficiently recovered from surgeries on both knees, they likely will make him an incentive-based offer to return to Milwaukee. But other clubs reportedly have interest as well in Hart, so there's always the chance another team could make an offer he can't refuse.

The top first basemen on the free agent market are James Loney, Michael Morse and Hart. But Loney is looking for a big multi-year deal and the Brewers likely will not get into that kind of bidding. I haven't heard of any interest on their part in Morse, who also has had injury issues and didn't perform well in 2013.

In the event they don't work something out with Hart, the Brewers have looked into trade possibilities such as the Marlins' Logan Morrison and the Mets' Ike Davis. But those are believed to only be options should things not work out with Hart. The Brewers would never go after free agent Kendrys Morales because of the cost and draft-pick compensation attached to him.