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Seattle agrees to 1-year deal with Corey Hart

12/11/2013 6:19 PM ET
By The Associated Press

Corey Hart missed all of the 2013 season after undergoing surgery on his right knee.(AP)
SEATTLE (AP) -- Corey Hart and the Seattle Mariners reached agreement on a one-year contract on Wednesday, putting another slugger in a lineup that's already added Robinson Cano this offseason.

The outfielder-first baseman confirmed he had agreed to the deal in a text message to The Associated Press. The deal is still pending what should be a closely monitored physical after Hart missed all of last season following surgery on his right knee.

CBSSports.com first reported Hart's agreement.

If Hart can stay healthy, getting the two-time All-Star for one season on a relatively inexpensive deal could be a significant coup for the Mariners, who have made adding offense a top priority this offseason. It started with the stunning $240 million, 10-year agreement reached with Cano late last week and continued by adding a needed right-handed bat in Hart that can provide protection in the lineup.

Hart did not play in 2013 because of a right knee surgery in January 2013 after a meniscus tear and joint damage was discovered. It was his second knee surgery in a year after having his right knee operated before the start of the 2012 season to repair damaged cartilage.

His last season in 2012 was one of the best in his career. Hart hit .270 with 30 homers and 83 RBIs with Milwaukee. Hart also had 35 doubles in 2012 and posted an on-base plus slugging percentage of above .800 in each season between 2010-12.

For his career, Hart has hit 154 homers and is hitting .276 in 945 games. Hart has spent his entire career with the Brewers. If he's healthy, Hart has the ability to play both outfield and first base and outfield depth is one of Seattle's biggest concerns going into next season. Hart also could be a solution at designated hitter with Seattle unsure if they'll be able to re-sign free agent Kendrys Morales, who was the Mariners top power hitter last season.

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