Seattle, WA - According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Seattle Mariners have been considering signing former Brewers first baseman Corey Hart. Hart missed all of the 2013 season due to a pair of knee surgeries. Seattle made a huge splash in free agency with Robinson Cano, and they are certainly looking to make more moves to become a legitimate contender.
In the 2012 season with the Milwaukee Brewers, Hart clubbed 30 homers while driving in 83 runs and also batting for a .270 average. Those numbers are certainly appealing to a team like the Mariners who are looking to add more offense to their lineup.
It remains to be seen how Hart can come back from his knee surgeries, but he’s worked hard and doctors say there isn’t much to be concerned about. Hart was cleared to resume baseball activities this past week and is going to have plenty of time to work himself back into shape. There shouldn’t be too much talk about how he’ll return, and it’s a safe bet that he’ll return to putting up very good numbers once again.
There have been four other teams that have been known to have interest in Hart. The Boston Red Sox, San Francisco Giants, Tampa Bay Rays, and Colorado Rockies have all shown interest in signing the nine-year major league veteran. If the Mariners are serious about contending this season, then this move makes a lot of sense. It’s unlikely that Hart wants to sign with a non-contender at this stage in his career.
Evan Massey is the Lead Editor for Pro Sports Extra. Follow Evan on Twitter at @Massey_Evan.