December 12, 2013 in Sports

Mariners sign Corey Hart, trade for Marlins’ Logan Morrison

Tim Booth Associated Press
 

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SEATTLE – The Seattle Mariners added a pair of slugging first baseman-outfielders to go along with Robinson Cano on Wednesday, reaching agreement on a one-year deal with Corey Hart and acquiring Logan Morrison in a trade with the Miami Marlins.

Hart confirmed he had agreed to the deal in a text 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.

Morrison was acquired for relief pitcher Carter Capps, according to a person with knowledge of the deal who spoke on condition of anonymity because the trade was pending both teams reviewing medical records.

“Knee’s good as well as the rest of me. Been working hard and glad to be able to get out there with this exciting club,” Hart said in a text message.

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.

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 on 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.

Morrison also fits Seattle’s need of having the versatility to play a few different positions and be an option at first base. He has not been able to match the power he showed during the 2011 season, when he slugged 23 homers.

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