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Mariners sign Corey Hart to incentive-laden deal

Dec 11, 2013, 2:45 PM EDT

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Corey Hart had an offer on the table to return to the Brewers following an injury wrecked season, but Jon Heyman of reports that he’s headed to the Mariners on a one-year deal.

Hart missed all of this year, so it’s hard to guess where he’s at physically, but during the previous three seasons he played 141 games per year while hitting .279 with an .857 OPS and an average of 29 homers. Even if he can return to 90 percent of that production in 2014 it’ll be a big pickup for Seattle, where he figures to bat behind $240 million man Robinson Cano in the revamped lineup.

And now the Brewers are definitely in the market for first base help.

UPDATE: Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times says Hart’s deal is worth $6 million in guaranteed money and up to $13 million total including incentives.

  1. spudchukar - Dec 11, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    2 down, 3 to go.

  2. 12thmanseattle - Dec 11, 2013 at 2:57 PM

    Wonder who we are trading Smoak for now. Part of a Kemp deal?

    • spudchukar - Dec 11, 2013 at 3:03 PM

      If so it is a very small part.

    • seattlej - Dec 11, 2013 at 5:26 PM

      And why would the Dodgers want Smoak?

  3. phillysports1 - Dec 11, 2013 at 2:57 PM

    “And now the Brewers are definitely in the market for first base help.”

    So he’s projected to go back to right field ?

    • spudchukar - Dec 11, 2013 at 3:03 PM

      Dude Brewers, not Mariners.

    • larry188 - Dec 11, 2013 at 3:04 PM

      He’s projected not to be in the ballpark.

  4. kylecleric - Dec 11, 2013 at 2:59 PM

    Great pickup

  5. karlkolchak - Dec 11, 2013 at 2:59 PM

    Lessee…Malrins 2012, Blue Jays 2013, Mariners 2014. Right on track the M’s are.

  6. sandrafluke2012 - Dec 11, 2013 at 3:03 PM

    I think the Mariners have what it takes now. This signing may have put them over the top. Maybe just 1 more starter

    • brigadand - Dec 11, 2013 at 4:05 PM

      Over the top of what, the Astros?

  7. phillysports1 - Dec 11, 2013 at 3:07 PM

    Oh yea I take that comment back . Sorry lol

  8. phillysports1 - Dec 11, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    Dodgers don’t want Smoak . They have Gonzo at first . I don’t see why not bring back Morales honestly ..

  9. 12thmanseattle - Dec 11, 2013 at 3:23 PM

    so what does the mariners lineup look like now? C zunino/Montero 1- Hart/Smoak with the other being DH 2 Cano- SS Miller/Ryan 3 Seager then a mix of Almonte,Saunders, Ackley and other signings. My guess would be that they package franklin or ackley with one of the two catchers and smoak for another outfield bat maybe? they also should resign Morales if at all possible I would think

  10. brewcitybummer - Dec 11, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    My observations with Hart was that he showed most of his power to dead center. He would have some stretches where he looked more comfortable pulling the ball, but for the most part his funky swing seems to take the ball straight up the middle. I’m trying to to find a homerun chart to see if it backs me up but I’m sure fangraphs or someone else will overlay his homeruns onto Safeco within the next few days. I think that will be interesting to see.

  11. phillysports1 - Dec 11, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    Ackley , Montero , Miller , Franklin all have to go . They need to get better at those positions if they wanna compete in the AL West.

    Is there room to trade for Tulowitzki ?

    • brigadand - Dec 11, 2013 at 4:07 PM

      Don’t forget Smoak.

    • spudchukar - Dec 11, 2013 at 4:55 PM

      Miller is fine, and Franklin has talent, but blocked. Montero may not bring much, and may be more valuable as an emergency catcher, DH, and fill in at first. Hope they can package Franklin, Ackley et al for other needs.

      • Reflex - Dec 11, 2013 at 4:57 PM

        Franklin, Ackley or Miller I hope can play third. I feel like Saeger was an illusion. I’m hoping of the four of them SS and 3B will settle themselves…

      • seattlej - Dec 11, 2013 at 5:33 PM

        Seaver has two straight seasons of 3+ WAR, which pretty easily makes him one of the 10 best 3B in MLB over that time period. He’s probably the Mariners second best position players. They have holes to fill, but 3B isn’t one of them.

  12. uwsptke - Dec 11, 2013 at 4:17 PM

    Curious to see what the numbers end up being, but my patience with Doug Melvin has finally run out. My guess is the Brewers offer was damn near insulting for him to turn it down.

    • brewcrewfan54 - Dec 11, 2013 at 4:59 PM

      What I’ve reas said the Brewers deal would have been worth up to $8 million and the Mariners up to $15. I wouldn’t say the Brewers were insulting him but 7 million is a lot of money.

      • muskyhunter2542 - Dec 11, 2013 at 5:59 PM

        Well considering that he stole $10 million from Milwaukee last year for nothin!!!

      • brewcrewfan54 - Dec 11, 2013 at 6:10 PM

        Yeah because getting hurt and missing the whole season was all part of his master plan.

  13. xjokerz - Dec 11, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    damn it…

    deep down i wanted the Tigers to get Hart..would have fit great in left field + replacing fielders power

    ive been saying it for a month, glad Domrwoski signed Rajai Davis instead.. SMH

  14. ejheim62 - Dec 11, 2013 at 4:48 PM

    Seattle’s a pretty cloudy and rainy place…guess he won’t need to wear his sunglasses at night….

    aw, c’mon. SOMEONE had to say it!

  15. gatorprof - Dec 11, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    I am sure that Cano will breathe a sigh of relief knowing that Corey Hart will be offering him protection in the lineup.

    The Ms are now officially contenders!

  16. rublestiltzkin - Dec 12, 2013 at 1:08 AM

    All I have to say is, whoever thinks Kyle Seager was an “illusion”, may be “hallucinating”. Look, Seager has been the only consistent bat in a very paltry lineup for the last two seasons, has a great arm for cross diamond throws, and has really developed into a fantastic defensive third baseman. What else do you want the cat to do? Make balloon animals between innings and host a food network show after every home game? Come on man!

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