Report: Mariners To Sign Corey Hart
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(1090 The Fan) — The Seattle Mariners’ offseason continues to be action-packed with news coming Wednesday that the team has signed power-hitter Corey Hart to a one-year deal.
CBS Baseball Insider Jon Heyman tweeted the signing and also indicated Hart will take a physical Friday to complete the deal.
Despite the slugger missing all of 2013 because of surgery to a damaged knee, Hart is still relatively young (turns 32 in March) and had been consistently hitting for power while with the Milwaukee Brewers. The two-time All-Star got 25 MVP votes in 2010 — a year where his line was .283/.340./.525 and he racked up 31 home runs and 102 RBIs. In 2012, he was a .300 hitter against left-handed pitching.
Heyman suggested Hart would bat behind the recently-acquired Robinson Cano.
When it comes to defense, Hart has experience at first base and either of the corner outfield spots. And because 2013 would be a season in which he is coming off major surgery, Hart may also spend time as a designated hitter.
Mariners General Manager Jack Zduriencik was part of the Brewers front office which drafted Hart in 2000.
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