The Mariners continued to revamp and reshape their roster for the 2013 season. On Wednesday at the 2013 MLB winter meetings, they made a pair of moves that will add to their earlier acqusition of free agent Robinson Cano.
Multiple baseball sources confirmed free agent outfielder/first baseman Corey Hart has a greed to a one-year contract. Hart will take his physical on Friday in Seattle. The terms of the contract weren’t known, but a source with knowledge of the negotiations said that it compares “favorably” to Mike Napoli’s one-year, $5 million incentive laden contract he signed with the Red Sox before last season. The incentives placed the possible Napoli earnings up to $13 million.
He missed all of 2013 with knee issues. In 2012, he hit .270 with an .841 on-base plus slugging percentage, including 35 doubles, 30 homers and 83 RBI.
Hart was scouted and drafted in the 11th round of the 2000 draft by Jack Zduriencik, who was the amateur scouting director at the time for the Brewers.
Moments after the news of Hart’s signing came out, the Mariners were in the midst of finalizing a trade with the Miami Marlins, acquiring first baseman/outfielder Logan Morrison in exchange for hard-throwing reliever Carter Capps. Baseball sources said both players must take their physicals for it to be finalized.
Morrison, 25, was also bothered by knee issues in the past, cutting down his playing time and limiting him to first base. He was once considered one of the Marlins’ top prospects.
Capps struggled this season, going 3-3 with a 5.43 ERA. Most of the issues came against left-handed hitter, who hit. 346 against him with 1.039 OPS.