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Corey Hart cleared for baseball activities

Dec 3, 2013, 7:57 PM EDT

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Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports that free agent slugger Corey Hart was cleared by a doctor on Tuesday afternoon to resume all baseball activities, mercifully bringing to a close his more-than-year-long recovery from both left and right knee surgeries.

Hart can now begin showcasing himself to interested teams. The Red Sox, Giants, Rays and Rockies have already been connected to the 31-year-old this offseason and more clubs will likely join the hunt.

Hart missed the entire 2013 campaign while in recovery mode, but he was a .279/.343/.514 hitter between the 2010 and 2012 seasons and averaged 29 home runs and 83 RBI per year during that stretch.

He can probably be had on an incentives-based one-year contract. MLB teams love those.

  1. xjokerz - Dec 3, 2013 at 8:15 PM

    i wouldnt mind my Tigers going after Hart, ive been saying it for a while.. i think he would come cheap and somewhat replace Fielders power in the lineup

    sign hart
    address the bullpen

    Lineup of

    Kinsler
    Hunter
    Miggy
    Vmart
    Hart
    Ajax
    Avila
    Iglesias

    lets go!

    • leylandshospicenurse - Dec 4, 2013 at 10:01 AM

      You’re missing an OF

  2. hometownhero44 - Dec 3, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    Castellanos?

    • xjokerz - Dec 3, 2013 at 8:40 PM

      3rd base.

      and idk how i left him off the lineup.

  3. tfbuckfutter - Dec 3, 2013 at 9:32 PM

    Never Surrender!

  4. sawxalicious - Dec 3, 2013 at 10:56 PM

    I predict a one year incentive based contract with the RS…

  5. temporarilyexiled - Dec 4, 2013 at 9:06 AM

    If he’s truly recovered and can hit and play reasonable defense, he’d be a good fit with the Giants.

  6. muskyhunter2542 - Dec 4, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    All signs point to him returning to the milwaukee brewers. Yes already said that he feels bad that he basically stolen paycheck the last 2 years from them. Add in the fact that the Brewers do not have a first baseman on the roster other than hunter Morris in AA. He will be back in Milwaukee no need to talk about him going elsewhere.

    • uwsptke - Dec 4, 2013 at 12:41 PM

      He’s already said he wanted to come back, and would do so at a discounted price. If he’s not in Milwaukee, it’s because they don’t want him.

  7. denverwally - Dec 4, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    Sure, he’s as good as back in Milwaukee, because why not? Every free agent in the league wants to play on a discounted contract in a baseball hotbed like Milwaukee. Nothing motivates a player more than playing for a 5th place team on a hot August evening in front of 13,000 bored fans.

    • uwsptke - Dec 5, 2013 at 10:14 AM

      Sure, if you want to ignore things like facts. Milwaukee, the smallest media market in baseball, somehow managed to draw an average of over 31,000 fans per game (ranked 16th overall) despite never being in contention. Corey Hart has already expressed his desire to return, and signed a team-friendly extension the last time he was due to be a free agent.

      http://espn.go.com/mlb/attendance

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