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The Rays are "getting serious" about Corey Hart

Jul 12, 2010, 10:09 AM EDT

Back in my day “getting serious” meant that you had made her a mix tape but you hadn’t moved past making out. I’m not sure what the kids mean by that today. And I’m not really sure what the Chicago Tribune’s Phil Rogers means by it either, but here’s what he’s saying:


Rays appear to be getting serious about Brewers’ Corey Hart. TB has pitching to trade with Futures starter Jeremy Hellickson ready.

I’m going to assume that means that the Rays would slide Hellickson into the big league rotation and trade someone else, because to trade Hellickson for Hart would be insane. There have been rumors about the Rays being willing to offer most of their starters at some point or another this year with the exception of David Price, so they could be shopping anyone. Whatever the case, the Rays could use a bat and Hart has swung a good one this year (.288/.349/.569).

We’ll know if this rumor has any legs if the Rays invite Hart in to meet their parents. 

  1. Dan in Katonah - Jul 12, 2010 at 10:41 AM

    Do they like him or do the “like him” like him? I got a note from my friend in homeroom who heard from his friend that Corey likes them back. The Rays should pass him a piece of paper that says “Check the box: do you want to go out with me? Yes __ No ___” I hear he has a reallly cool car, too.
    Then the Rays should check his stats for the last 3 years and decide if this is more of a half-season thing or if Hart will turn into Pat Burrell.

  2. aschwartz - Jul 12, 2010 at 11:07 AM

    I would we myself.

  3. The Rabbit - Jul 12, 2010 at 4:13 PM

    This is Hart’s fourth real year in the majors and he’s just 27. Hard to tell if this season is a “fluke” or he’s just developing his talent/power. If so, the stats might not be much help.
    Last year’s stats won’t tell you much, either. If I remember correctly (and I’m getting senile so don’t count on it) Hart had an appendectomy in the second half and you don’t know how sick he was before the surgery.

  4. Cantankerous - Jul 12, 2010 at 7:31 PM

    Mix tape. Corey Hart. No Sunglasses At Night reference. For shame.

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