Mariners Sign Corey Hart, Acquire Logan Morrison

The Seattle Mariners will sign Corey Hart to a one year deal, according to Jon Heyman.

That takes one first base option and one team looking for a first baseman off the market. Milwaukee was waiting on Hart before deciding what to do with their first base position. Earlier today it was reported that they would probably renew their interest in Logan Morrison if Hart signed elsewhere.

Buster Olney reports that the Brewers have also been talking to James Loney.

Right now the three teams in biggest need of a first baseman are Milwaukee, Tampa Bay, and Pittsburgh. All three are looking at Loney and Morrison. The free agent market also has Kendrys Morales, who would cost a draft pick and who has almost no rumors attached to him. The trade market includes Mitch Moreland and Ike Davis.

Bob Nightengale says that Milwaukee would have given $8 M and incentives to Hart, and that they will turn to Loney.

UPDATE 3:00 PM: Seattle also traded for Logan Morrison, according to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald.

So that changes things a bit. I’d imagine they added Morrison to be an outfielder. That leaves Loney, Moreland, and Davis for the three teams in need of a first baseman. And of course there is Morales if anyone wants to give up a draft pick for him. It’s also likely that Justin Smoak could now be available in Seattle with the addition of Morrison, who could take over at first in 2015 after Hart leaves.

Author: Tim Williams

Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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