Mariners Sign Corey Hart

Adding Robinson Cano to their lineup was the start of many changes in Seattle, and Corey Hart turned out to be the next piece of their puzzle. Seattle today announced the signing of Hart to a one-year contract. Reportedly worth a guaranteed $6MM, Hart will have the opportunity to earn an additional $7MM via incentives. Hart is represented by CAA Sports.

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Hart, 32 in March, missed the entire 2013 campaign after undergoing surgery on both knees. In his most recent healthy season, Hart delivered his typical brad of strong pop from the right side of the dish, batting .270/.334/.507 with 30 home runs. In the three seasons prior to his injury, Hart slashed .279/.343/.514 and averaged 29 homers per season, meaning his 2012 campaign was a good representation of his talent level when healthy.

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports noted that, Hart will slot into the Mariners lineup behind Cano, adding some much-needed offense to a club that has struggled to score runs in recent seasons. The Mariners will likely use Hart in right field, notes Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times. Though he has proven to be a capable first baseman, the Mariners also acquired Logan Morrison from the Marlins at this week's Winter Meetings (in exchange for right-hander Carter Capps). Morrison could see more time at first base, though like Hart, he has experience in the outfield as well.

Hart and Morrison will provide new manager Lloyd McClendon with another pairing of new bats to add to the lineup behind Cano in an effort to bolster a lineup that finished the 2013 season 22nd among all Major League clubs in runs scored despite ranking second with 188 home runs.

USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports (on Twitter) that the Brewers were willing to offer Hart a contract that could reach $8MM after incentives. At one point, Hart had said he would take a discount to remain with Milwaukee, but his ties to Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik (Milwaukee's scouting director when Hart was drafted), the recent addition of Cano and his larger payday all could have factored into Hart's decision to head to the Pacific Northwest.

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports first reported that the agreement was in place (Twitter link). Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reported that Hart would be guaranteed $6MM with enough incentives to take him up to $13MM (also on Twitter).

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.


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191 Comments on "Mariners Sign Corey Hart"


LazerTown
1 year 8 months ago

Good move for them. Hart could be a real power bat next to Cano.

jjs91
1 year 8 months ago

Plus if he rebounds he can probably earn a QO next year.

omavricko
1 year 8 months ago

I don’t understand how your comparing the m’s move to the blue jays. Lol. They got all sorts of past all stars we have Injuried Hart and a struggling Morrison. They both have great chances to have comebacks here in seattle but they are not as proven as say Reyes and Buerhle were when they were signed

LazerTown
1 year 8 months ago

huh?

Tony Matias
1 year 8 months ago

Excellent! This doesn’t make me upset at least. That is until I see the contract.

Marinerjim
1 year 8 months ago

Its only one year it isnt going to hurt at all

rct
1 year 8 months ago

What it it’s one year, $100MM?

BALTY
1 year 8 months ago

yes 100 m&m’s.

X Marks the Spot
1 year 8 months ago

1 year with a player option every year for the next 9 years. That can be worth 240 million if he stays for 10 years.

Taylor Hope
1 year 8 months ago

On a 1 year deal, they’d have to pay him A LOT to make me upset here.

Matt Grant
1 year 8 months ago

I must admit the M’s are making things interesting…. Signing Choo up for CF could quickly make them relevant.

Nick
1 year 8 months ago

I can’t see any way Choo is playing CF next season anywhere.

ImDaBaron
ImDaBaron
1 year 8 months ago

You dont want him anywhere near CF

monkeyking42
1 year 8 months ago

Well, RF is *near* CF…

drwheelock
1 year 8 months ago

Choo and Gutz

monroe_says
monroe_says
1 year 8 months ago

If this means the M’s won’t be signing Nelson Cruz, there should be a conga line of joy forming in Pioneer Square.

Jacob
1 year 8 months ago

My thoughts exactly.

Robert Mango
1 year 8 months ago

why is that? why would you be happy your team signed a WORSE player?

PosadaBlackLabel
1 year 8 months ago

From the outside looking in… because Cruz is overrated to begin with and Hart, if healthy, is just as good. Plus if the reports of Cruz turning down a ridiculous 5/$75MM from them are true, I’d much rather have Hart at this price.

The “if healthy” is not something to ignore for Hart, but it’s a much better gamble on 1-year than the “ifs” involved with signing Cruz long-term at big money post-PEDs.

Robert Mango
1 year 8 months ago

They just gave $240 million to a guy who doesn’t know how to run to 1B, who cared more about getting RBIs then helping the team by batting 2nd in the lineup. In other words, they’re not about being cheap. Cruz is a batter pitchers pitch around. Hart isn’t. I just don’t see it helping all that much ,epseically when he hurts his knee in april and they have to rely on minor leaguers to fill out the OF.

PosadaBlackLabel
1 year 8 months ago

Maybe I haven’t watched enough TEX games but I’m not sure about him getting pitched around. He doesn’t walk that much and strikes out.

I agree that Hart isn’t going to give them a big enough boost to contend, but I’d take him on a 1-year deal with incentives hoping he’s healthy rather than throwing 5 years (at big guaranteed dollars) towards a PED-less Cruz. If you compare their average stats over a full season, they’re very similar players too, and that was with Cruz juicing in a hitters park and Hart very likely not.

Edit: If you’re not being cheap and already willing to spend over $75MM on Cruz, may as well go for Choo at that point who is an infinitely better bet to be productive over the next 5 years.

Robert Mango
1 year 8 months ago

i’m just someone who believes if you give out $240 million to one player, you need to surround him with talent. He needs to see pitches. This was the first year he HAD to be the star in the lineup, and was very good, but he can’t carry a team alone. Adding Morrison and Hart seem like desperation moves. Adding a Choo or Cruz might have given them a little more respectability to future FAs. They’re still a couple of hitters away so if they add1 more real big bat, ok, then hart’s a good move. But if he’s supposed to be the 2nd best player on the team, i think Mariner fans are in for a long season.

PosadaBlackLabel
1 year 8 months ago

My point is that if both play full seasons, Hart and Cruz are pretty much equals in my eyes. Both have their risks attached with injury and PED history respectively, but signing Hart at this price and length gives you way more flexibility to add more pieces than Cruz would.

When you consider how similar the two players are and that you’re taking a risk either way, give me the 1-year risk all day while also saving money to add more impact players to the lineup this offseason.

If Cruz fails, it would hurt the Mariners chances to win during the next few years when they have their window to contend in Cano’s prime. If Hart doesn’t work out, it’s only a $5MM loss and they can replace him and take another shot with his roster space to build around Cano. Only being committed to Hart for 1 year allows them to not worry as much if they did add a guy like Choo and have him on the books beyond this year.

Scot Forler
1 year 8 months ago

If Hart is healthy, I like him much better than Cruz. This move also keeps the door open to add another player. If they signed Cruz at that kind of salary they would have limited themselves on the rest of the offseason.

livingpaint
1 year 8 months ago

Amen… though they tried to but Cruz declined. He wants Cano money 😀

HarveyDaGod
1 year 8 months ago

GREAT. anybody want Ike Davis now?

NL_East_Rivalry
1 year 8 months ago

not for that price

rct
1 year 8 months ago

I’ve read that the Brewers are more interested in Logan Morrison right now and that the Rays are looking at Loney. This leaves probably only the Pirates, unless I’m missing someone.

HarveyDaGod
1 year 8 months ago

hmmm. no homerism but i think id rather have Ike then LoMo…

rct
1 year 8 months ago

Same here.

Dustin Jorgensen
1 year 8 months ago

Sweeet.. Lets get some more players mariners.

Kevin Wisla
1 year 8 months ago

No harm in a solid 1-year deal like this, but still nothing can be guaranteed from Hart. Mariners still need another ~2 bats to make the Cano signing mean anything. I still feel they are the 4th best team in that division after the Angels picked up those arms yesterday.

Robert Muldhoon
1 year 8 months ago

Those “arms” the angels picked up don’t make up for losing Vargas.

Kevin Wisla
1 year 8 months ago

You are wrong sir. Hector Santiago is absolutely better than Jason Vargas and Tyler Skaggs has more talent (albeit less experience) than Vargas.

Robert Muldhoon
1 year 8 months ago

hahahahahahaha

Kevin Wisla
1 year 8 months ago

PLEASE tell me how you are right. I’d love to learn your reasoning.

Kevin Wisla
1 year 8 months ago

Vargas: 30 years old, 4 year deal, career 4.30 ERA, 5.9 K/9 in a pitchers ballpark.

Santiago: 25 years old, pre-arbitration 3.41 ERA career, 8.7 K/9 in hitters ballpark

Skaggs has been one of the highest rated prospects in the minors for years and has 6 years of control left. Look up videos the dude is electric. I’m BAFFLED at how many people voted up your comment supporting the idea that Jason Vargas is better. Making up for losing a #4 starter is no huge feat.

Ken Leder
1 year 8 months ago

Granted some of that was in relief, but going forward he is likely to do a lot worse then what his ERA has been in the starting rotation. There were some clear numbers that he put up that are unsustainable (LOB%) etc etc. In other words, he isn’t a very good starter, like a number 5 type…And that is likely why they were reluctant to package him while he actually has some sort of value to select few teams.

abes_seed
1 year 8 months ago

good argument…

drwheelock
1 year 8 months ago

I’ve never been impressed with Vargas, so that’s not saying much!

VegasANGELSFan
1 year 8 months ago

Hard to know about that just yet. But, those arms are probably better than Vargas + Blanton. Plus, they save money to possibly sign another pitcher or player. And, because of the atrocious nature of Hamilton’s play and Pujols’ injuries and sub-standard play last year, it seems likely that they both contribute substantially more this year than last.

Kevin Wisla
1 year 8 months ago

Its rather easy to know that just yet actually. Blanton was one of the worst pitchers in baseball and Santiago is better now than Vargas was at any point in his career. Tack on a top left-handed starter prospect with 6 years of control and is pretty obvious they upgraded.

VegasANGELSFan
1 year 8 months ago

I think you are right about Santiago, but I honestly haven’t seen him pitch much personally to make too bold of a statement. His numbers sure look good though. Vargas has never been amazing, but he pitched decently for the Angels for the most part. I DO know that not having Blanton in the rotation instantly makes them better, of course, I knew that last year before they signed him, after they signed him, and every day that he was slated to pitch (if you want to call it that). I agree with you that they definitely upgraded and I think they made a very good trade. It might take a couple years before Skaggs reaches potential though.

Kevin Wisla
1 year 8 months ago

Even if Skaggs flames out, Santiago pre-arbitration >>> paying Vargas $8 million for 4 years. Im not arguing with you, i’m just saying ask 10 people in a front office who’d they’d rather have at this point and I bet all of them would say Skaggs/Santiago over Vargas.

Unless of course one of those 10 people is Dayton Moore.

VegasANGELSFan
1 year 8 months ago

I agree 100% if you are talking about the next four years. I was focusing more on the upcoming season only. I still think that Santiago very well could be better than Vargas next year, but he and Skaggs next year could go either way in my opinion. I am hopeful though, and definitely believe the Angels upgraded for the future, including next year.

Kevin Wisla
1 year 8 months ago

Heard that. Lets say for arguments sake that Santiago and Vargas end up being a wash next year and Skaggs spends the year in the minors. Even in that scenario the Angles/Mariners have pretty much the same rotations as they did last year and the Angels at this moment obviously have the better offense still. So unless Robinson Cano and Corey Hart can make up the 7 game difference, I still think the Angels with healthy Pujols and (possibly) rebounding Hamilton are better than the Mariners.

Therefore supporting my claim that the Mariners are the 4th best team in the division at this moment without the addition of ~2 more legit bats (Logan Morrison does not count as a legit bat to me). This is the point I was trying to make when Jason Vargas homeboy up there for some reason laughed at the idea.

VegasANGELSFan
1 year 8 months ago

Yea, I understand your point and absolutely agree the Angels are still better than the Mariners.

Kevin Wisla
1 year 8 months ago

Heard that. Lets say for arguments sake that Santiago and Vargas end up being a wash next year and Skaggs spends the year in the minors. Even in that scenario the Angles/Mariners have pretty much the same rotations as they did last year and the Angels at this moment obviously have the better offense still. So unless Robinson Cano and Corey Hart can make up the 7 game difference, I still think the Angels with healthy Pujols and (possibly) rebounding Hamilton are better than the Mariners.

Therefore supporting my claim that the Mariners are the 4th best team in the division at this moment without the addition of ~2 more legit bats (Logan Morrison does not count as a legit bat to me). This is the point I was trying to make when Jason Vargas homeboy up there for some reason laughed at the idea.

drwheelock
1 year 8 months ago

Well Cano can add a couple more WAR just from those 2 SPs.lol

VegasANGELSFan
1 year 8 months ago

Possibly. You can likely deflate your expectations for Cano’s numbers moving forward in general since he is: 1) Hitting in Seattle instead of New York half the time; 2) Has no protection in the lineup so will see many less pitches to hit; and 3) Won’t have anyone to drive in even if he does see a pitch to hit.

Jacob
1 year 8 months ago

No protection… kind of like last year?

VegasANGELSFan
1 year 8 months ago

You are not wrong that last year’s Yankees were bad and injured. He has been in a pretty solid lineup every other year, though. And it definitely doesn’t change the fact that Seattle is a much tougher hitter’s park than NY is, especially for lefties with the short porch.

Jacob
1 year 8 months ago

True, that short porch in New Yankee’s Stadium played well for him. But Safeco actually has a bit of a short porch in right field as well, so I guess we’ll see

truroyal15
truroyal15
1 year 8 months ago

I agree. Vargas is better than both of those pitchers Kevin has mentioned.

Kevin Wisla
1 year 8 months ago

I wonder how many acres of grass they are paying his billy-goat looking self.

drwheelock
1 year 8 months ago

Those arms are backend rotation arms, both with horendous WHIPS.

Kevin Wisla
1 year 8 months ago

Yet 30-year old Jason Vargas is a backend rotation arm getting paid #3 starter money for the next 4 years. Any major league WHIP stat with Skaggs can essentially be thrown out since hes basically still a rookie.

Metsfan93
1 year 8 months ago

Santiago admittedly has walk problems, but he’s still a better than average pitcher with pre-arb and arb-years left. He’s certainly better than Jason Vargas. Skaggs has sixty eight big league innings at ages 20 and 21 with not-awful walk numbers for those ages. He’s got electric stuff- a 9.0 H/9 isn’t going to last as random variance goes away and his skills improve. He’s got 6 years of team control though and could easily be better than Vargas this year.

Taylor
1 year 8 months ago

Lets see what they payed first. While he is a good signing on a 1YR he still is a risk since both knees are rebuilt.

OaklandFan22
1 year 8 months ago

could be an interesting al west this year

mack22
1 year 8 months ago

Outstanding! Things are coming together nicely for the M’s

AndyWarpath
1 year 8 months ago

I thought Hart wanted to rebuild his value? I question his ability to do that in a pitchers park. Also, so much for the hometown discount he was promising.

JohnandNancy Pierce
1 year 8 months ago

While Safeco is still classified as a pitchers park since moving in the fences, more HRs were hit there than in Yankee Stadium last year. He’ll probably do fine at the Safe.

AndyWarpath
1 year 8 months ago

good point

AndyWarpath
1 year 8 months ago

good point

Edgar4evar
1 year 8 months ago

This is terrific. He’s the kind of player the M’s really needed to add. Now maybe the M’s won’t be as hopeless against LHP. Cano also helps since he’s not that bad vs. lefties.

drwheelock
1 year 8 months ago

I still want Gutz back too!

drwheelock
1 year 8 months ago

Should be around a $2M + incentives for Gutz

Marky Mark
1 year 8 months ago

Brewers, your starting first baseman.. Ike Davis! honestly Ike seems like a brewer to me, could be a great righty elfty power tandem with Braun if he figures it out

ColoredPaper
1 year 8 months ago

I hope they signed him to DH, ’cause them knees won’t be able to chase those flyballs.

Christopher Soto
1 year 8 months ago

He wouldn’t be playing OF anyway. He was in the market as a 1B. DH’ing a few games doesnt hurt.

Dynasty22
1 year 8 months ago

Considering Hart was willing to take a discount, how did the Brewers blow this one?

Christopher Soto
1 year 8 months ago

Mariners offered more money + ability to DH which will help Hart prolong his career with his bad knees.

ImDaBaron
ImDaBaron
1 year 8 months ago

Jack Z actually drafted him….so there is definitely a connection

drwheelock
1 year 8 months ago

From what I read he put together a video and was demonstrating he is 100% and versatile in the field. I don’t think it’s appearing his health is an issue at this point. Great sign for Seattle.

Taylor
1 year 8 months ago

idk maybe Ms offered him like a 10Mill contract over the Brewers offer of like 5

Defiancy
1 year 8 months ago

What Hart says he will take and what he actually takes once that money is in front of his face are two different things.

Nick Beahm
1 year 8 months ago

Robinson Cano.

HHHDMS
1 year 8 months ago

I still doubt the Mariners will go anywhere this year..give them credit for trying..Cano, Hart and Ibanez still aren’t exactly Napoli and Ortiz 😀

Robert Muldhoon
1 year 8 months ago

Ibanez is a FA

Christopher Soto
1 year 8 months ago

Zunino is supposed to be really good. Dont sell the Mariners short. They have EXCELLENT SP and a few good offensive pieces in place.

Robert Muldhoon
1 year 8 months ago

Zunino will in a few years be the premier catcher in the AL>

Peter Middleton
1 year 8 months ago

Now you have to deal with Beltran. Gonna be a much harder year just because of that

Tony Matias
1 year 8 months ago

Goodbye Smoak.

drwheelock
1 year 8 months ago

I wouldn’t say that actually. This is FINALLY a way to sit Smoak against LHBs!!! And Hart can stay in lineup as DH or RF depending upon the Morales

Mike Blowers
1 year 8 months ago

I think Morales’ days are numbered. They will try and find another bat and can use the DH slot to give hart and maybe their next bat some rest. They do have some good options now.

Lord of the Fries
1 year 8 months ago

This certainly increases the chances of Ike Davis wearing a Milwaukee uniform next season.

Guest
1 year 8 months ago

I hope the Brewers take a good look at Ike now

416jays
1 year 8 months ago

Keep adding!!