Corey Hart Weighing Options

12:46pm: The Mariners are indeed in on Hart, tweets Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, who notes that GM Jack Zduriencik drafted Hart when he was Milwaukee's scouting director back in 2000.

12:38pm: USA Today's Bob Nightengale tweets that Hart is torn between re-signing with the Brewers or signing with another team, which could be the Mariners.

9:39am: Hart is currently weighing offers from multiple teams, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports (on Twitter).

WEDNESDAY, 7:24am: The Brewers are still waiting on word from Hart, but feel like they've done all they can do and are optimistic about their chances, tweets Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

TUESDAY, 8:25pm: Free agent first baseman Corey Hart could agree to terms with a team tonight, MLB.com's Adam McCalvy tweets. Earlier this week, a report indicated that the Brewers were prioritizing re-signing Hart. They also have a need at first base. Hart, meanwhile, has said he would be willing to take less money to stay in Milwaukee.

Hart missed the 2013 season and has recently had surgeries on both knees. He hit .270/.334/.507 for the Brewers in 2012. The Brewers currently have Juan Francisco atop their depth chart at first base.


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114 Comments on "Corey Hart Weighing Options"


LazerTown
1 year 8 months ago

Someone would really like take a flyer on. He could be a real deal, and get qo end year.

Tommets
1 year 8 months ago

I wonder what other teams are in the running for him.

Stevil
1 year 8 months ago

Seattle would seem to be in the running. They need a DH, they need right handed bats, they need a deal with a low base salary so they can still afford to address other holes. Hart makes a lot of sense for them.

Dbacksfan44
1 year 8 months ago

He would take a discount for the Brewers, so they would probably be in the running

Stevil
1 year 8 months ago

Well, yeah. It’s in the article. Of course the Brewers are interested.

Matt Galvin
1 year 8 months ago

Rays or Pirates.

Dave Pierce
1 year 8 months ago

Pirates? Don’t see the fit.

Dbacksfan44
1 year 8 months ago

I say Brewers resign him

RoadWarriorUSCA
1 year 8 months ago

I say the Brewers resign him.

drwheelock
1 year 8 months ago

I want Seattle to land him bad!

skrockij89
1 year 8 months ago

Jack Z drafted him while he was in Milwaukee. So it would make sense.

Nick Beahm
1 year 8 months ago

He would be a perfect fit for DH/1B as a right handed hitter with power. We need someone for the role that Kendrys played last season and I would prefer we let Kendrys walk and sign with someone else and get a draft pick and pick up Hart.

Nick Beahm
1 year 8 months ago

He would be a perfect fit for DH/1B as a right handed hitter with power. We need someone for the role that Kendrys played last season and I would prefer we let Kendrys walk and sign with someone else and get a draft pick and pick up Hart.

tedsfrozenhead
1 year 8 months ago

yup, a player with 2 bad knees and didn’t play last year is just what Seattle needs

N.K.T.
1 year 8 months ago

Hope it’s Pittsburgh, they need something

AlphaICaesar
1 year 8 months ago

Mets should be in the mix.

BadBJay
1 year 8 months ago

I was thinking the exact same thing… but they already spent their savings on Granderson haha.

AlphaICaesar
1 year 8 months ago

Don’t the Coupons have a coupon?

BadBJay
1 year 8 months ago

I can’t verify this but I think Granderson paid for his salmon dinner with Alderson.

AlphaICaesar
1 year 8 months ago

Best Sizzler meal ever.

AlphaICaesar
1 year 8 months ago

Alderson filled up on free breadsticks.

Robert Mango
1 year 8 months ago

well, u can say that, or you can say the yankees bought that meal, i mean he did get paid around $15 million last year and watched all abut a couple of games on TV

Tommets
1 year 8 months ago

Not exactly. They only have a $75 mil payroll and Sandy said it will be over last year’s which was $84 mil

BadBJay
1 year 8 months ago

Just playing around. But I don’t pay attention to what Alderson says. It’s the other 10 Met GMs you have to listen to.

AlphaICaesar
1 year 8 months ago

I think they need to bring in Hart or Morales. Collins was on Zaun today saying they need someone to drive in runs from the 1 bag, and those two could fit the bill.

Tommets
1 year 8 months ago

I think something is going to happen at 1B and then they’re going to trade Davis/Duda in a package for a SS or pitching.

AlphaICaesar
1 year 8 months ago

They really don’t want Tejada out there, so I wouldn’t be surprised if something happened there.

Tommets
1 year 8 months ago

I hope so.

BadBJay
1 year 8 months ago

Ick. Morales needs to stay on the west coast. If the Mets sign him, the fans will have a bonfire at CitiField… the bad kind.

AlphaICaesar
1 year 8 months ago

You’re assuming fans are going to CitiField, which is yet to be proven.

Tommets
1 year 8 months ago

I hear ya.

heemtj
1 year 8 months ago

Seems pretty obvious he will be a Brewer. A player of his caliber willing to take a discount to stay makes it a no brainer on Milwaukees end.

Nick Beahm
1 year 8 months ago

Seemed pretty obvious that Cano was just using the Mariners and never really considered them…

Mil8Ball
1 year 8 months ago

Thank you for comparing Hart who is looking at a 3mil gap to Cano…who got 75mil more from the Mariners. Way different

Nick Beahm
1 year 8 months ago

Haha I’m not saying Hart is basically Cano… I was saying free agency is completely random and unpredictable. I believe Hart will be Brewer, certainly sounds like he enjoys it there. I just think he would LOVE it in Seattle is all, as in I want the Mariners to sign him.

Robert Mango
1 year 8 months ago

or maybe he’s saying h’ell take less to stay in MIL to drive up his price to other teams. Like they can’t just barely beat the Brewers, they’ll have ot put a few more million on the contract to get him.

Nick Beahm
1 year 8 months ago

Success.

Nick Beahm
1 year 8 months ago

Seemed pretty obvious that Cano was just using the Mariners and never really considered them…

Jeffy25
1 year 8 months ago

I can see cards surprising here….

rovert22044
1 year 8 months ago

This would be a great signing for the Astros. We need a power bat in our lineup. I just don’t see Luhnow making the move. We need pitching more than anything.

thysonstro
1 year 8 months ago

Anything to get Wallace off the roster.

rovert22044
1 year 8 months ago

This… I have to agree with. haha Wallace is the perfect AAAA player.

Justin Anthony
1 year 8 months ago

Is he willing to play right field in the right situation?

AlphaICaesar
1 year 8 months ago

If I had two new knees, I’d probably prefer 1st base for a little bit.

Benny
1 year 8 months ago

Who would want to put him in RF?

Stevil
1 year 8 months ago

Jack ran Ibanez and Morse in the outfield last season for Seattle. But yeah, he’s a DH at this point.

toddcoffeytime
1 year 8 months ago

He’s actually a pretty good first baseman, believe it or not.

Stevil
1 year 8 months ago

His stats suggest otherwise.

daveineg
1 year 8 months ago

Don’t know which stat you are referring to but the general consensus watching him there in 2012 was that he made a very smooth transition and looked very comfortable there.

toddcoffeytime
1 year 8 months ago

What stats? He has played at first for one year, which would not provide a large enough sample to make any conclusions based on UZR, DRS, etc. He does however pass the eye test, which I thought I was implying previously

Stevil
1 year 8 months ago

So, you recognize that his UZR and DRS aren’t good, regardless of small sample size, yet he passed your “eye test”. How is that suppose to be convincing for anyone?

Now you have a guy with one year of experience at 1B who’s missed a year and returns with questions about his knees. Do you really think his defense at first would likely improve?

Not that it matters, because it appears they don’t intend to play him at 1B.

Don’t get me wrong, I actually like this signing. And I certainly hope he does well wherever he’s played. But he would seem to be best served as a DH, maybe filling in now and then at 1B or RF.

toddcoffeytime
1 year 8 months ago

No, I did not recognize that UZR and DRS are bad. They are tools, ones which are most effective when given a 3+ year sample size along with fan/expert scouting reports (aka the eye test).

His one year at 1B, which i saw quite a bit of, was pretty good. He’s got a huge reach and made a lot of plays on errant throws that most cannot. Not much to offer as far as range, which i’m sure is still the case after two knee surgeries.

I never said he would “likely improve,” just that he’s a pretty good defensive first baseman; which anyone who’s watched him play enough would likely agree with.

Stevil
1 year 8 months ago

HIS UZR and DRS. Keyword: His. And the small sample size was already noted. You’re not going to find an argument from me about advanced stats being tools. That’s exactly what they are. But even with limited games played, it’s still worth examining the numbers.

You’re still going back to the eye test. You’re free to do that, but I don’t recall having the same thought. Passable? Maybe. Good? Probably a stretch.

Having said that, I’m not a fan of Smoak’s defense. If it were a choice between the two, Hart would get my vote. But I’d prefer to see Smoak shipped, Morrison at 1B, and Hart at DH, with a real center fielder brought in, so Ackley and Saunders can cover the corners.

phillies1102
1 year 8 months ago

If anyone wondered who is exactly the replacement player when considering WAR, that player is Juan Francisco.

mrnatewalter
mrnatewalter
1 year 8 months ago

Turning down a higher deal in favor of a lower one in Milwaukee isn’t as big of a deal as it seems… I doubt there’s a big difference in the highest offer and the lowest offers.

Stevil
1 year 8 months ago

You’re probably right. With incentives, the offers shouldn’t have much of a gap, even if the base salary is off by a million or three.

mrnatewalter
mrnatewalter
1 year 8 months ago

My thoughts is Hart gets a deal around $3-4 a year… I don’t think anyone is lower than 2/yr or higher than 5/yr…

Scot Forler
1 year 8 months ago

No way. someone is going to give him at least 7/year

mrnatewalter
mrnatewalter
1 year 8 months ago

He hasn’t played a game since 2012… he might make 7/yr (if he does, it’s Milwaukee that gives it)… but I wouldn’t give him more than 5.

Mil8Ball
1 year 8 months ago

If Milwaukee gives 7mil someone offered more…the Brewers know he will take a discount, they wouldn’t be very smart to be the high bidder.

Mil8Ball
1 year 8 months ago

5mil is my guess. His situation is a lot like Shaun Marcum was last year. 5-7mil is a good range though.

Nick Beahm
1 year 8 months ago

If Bloomquist gets $2.9 and Morse is demanding $7-9 a year, I doubt Hart will be signed for $3-4 a year

1 year 8 months ago

Most of the predictions I’ve seen with the Brewers signing him have his (discounted) price at 6 or 7 million plus incentives.

1 year 8 months ago

Most of the predictions I’ve seen with the Brewers signing him have his (discounted) price at 6 or 7 million plus incentives.

Stevil
1 year 8 months ago

You’re probably right. With incentives, the offers shouldn’t have much of a gap, even if the base salary is off by a million or three.

Sam Henzler
1 year 8 months ago

As much as I would like to see the Pirates as a sleeper, I don’t see it. Not the money, but I think the Pirates are going to grab a lefty first baseman. I would love Hart playing in Pittsburgh. I can see the Giants, Yankees, Brewers, Red Sox, Mariners, and Rays as the fits, personally.

GetTheRunnerOver
1 year 8 months ago

Hart would be a good backup for Tex

Sam Henzler
1 year 8 months ago

He could also be a pretty good option at DH and Right Field. If the Rangers can’t get Cruz back and don’t want to spend money on Choo, I would think Hart is a better option than Kendrys Morales.

d
1 year 8 months ago

I’ve wondered why he hasn’t been linked to the Rangers. Has the power that Texas wants is cheaper and would actually net Texas a draft pick if they let Cruz walk

Bobby A
1 year 8 months ago

Heard a rumor its the Jays.
So i guess we wil ltrade lind

dc21892
1 year 8 months ago

If they could hide his defense in LF and his knees are finally healthy, he could be a fit for Boston. Nava would shift to RF,
Victorino to CF. Not saying it’s the best choice, but it could be an option. I’m kinda hoping we get to see what JBJ is made of though.

GetTheRunnerOver
1 year 8 months ago

I doubt he would ever see the outfield. Especially if Ichiro stays put

drwheelock
1 year 8 months ago

Just not very many power RHB’s out there, and Seattle is desperate for RHBs. I can see Seattle stepping up on this one, and then see Smoak (LHB) dealt in a package deal. And then resigning Morales to DH as a switch hitter for us.

Tim Bowers
1 year 8 months ago

That would be dumb. Resigning Morales, and giving up that pick? They already lost one by signing Cano, they won’t want to lose another.

Chris Koch
1 year 8 months ago

You don’t lose a pick when you resign your own player.??

Edgar4evar
1 year 8 months ago

You lose the pick you’d be gaining if they signed elsewhere. Morales is very likely to sign a deal with someone and when he does, the M’s get a pick. Unless they sign him first.

Chris Koch
1 year 8 months ago

gotcha. considering it’s a 35ish pick you’d gain different than losing your top 10pick as I was thinking he was thinking.