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The Mariners officially announced the two pending deals for Corey Hart and Logan Morrison in a press conference on Friday. Hart signed a 1-year deal worth $6 million that go up to $13 million with incentives. Morrison was acquired in a trade from the Miami Marlins for reliever Carter Capps.
Both players can play outfield/first base and expect to see time at designated hitter.
Hart, 31, missed the 2013 after suffering a meniscus tear in his right knee. He had surgery on March 6, performed by Dr. Evan Lederman and Dr. William Raasch. During his recovery from that surgery, Hart injured his left knee was forced to have a season-ending surgery on July 3 to repair a chondral defect in his left knee by Dr. Neal ElAttrache.
Because of an injury to Brewers starter Mat Gamel in 2012, Hart converted from right field to first base . He hit.270 with 30 homer sand 83 RBI in 149 games. Hart was named to the NL all-star team twice. From 2010-12, he hit 87 home runs – sixth most in the National League and had a .514 slugging percentage.
The two-time All-Star (2008 & 2010) was a .276 career hitter with 154 HR and 508 RBI in 945 games with the Brewers (2004-12). His 87 home runs between 2010-2012 ranked 6th-best in the National League and his .514 slugging percentage ranked 11th during that span.
Morrison, 26, hit .242 with 32 runs, 13 doubles, 4 triples, 6 home runs and 36 RBI in 85 games. He started the season on the 60-day disabled list because of recovering from surgery on his right knee. He played mostly first base.
Morrison was originally selected by the Marlins in the 22nd round of the 2005 June Amateur Draft out of Maple Woods Community College in Kansas City. He attended Northshore High School in Slidell, La.