First baseman Corey Hart appears headed to the Seattle Mariners, who swept in with a late bid to pry him away from a return to the Milwaukee Brewers.
Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reported Wednesday on twitter that Hart has agreed to a one-year deal with the Mariners. There was no confirmation of the agreement, but the Mariners have pushed hard to acquire a right-handed power bat.
The apparent deal came shortly after word surfaced that the Dodgers had pulled outfielder Matt Kemp off the trade market. The news on Kemp came from Dave Stewart, who represents Kemp, via ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark on twitter.
The Mariners were viewed by many as the leading candidate to acquire Kemp, who has six years remaining on his contract at $128 million.
With Kemp apparently no long available, the Mariners accelerated their push for Hart, who appeared close Tuesday night to returning to the Brewers — probably for a one-year deal with heavy incentives.
Hart, 31, made $10 million in 2013 but is a likely candidate for an incentive-based deal because he missed all of last year after undergoing two knee surgeries. He batted .270 in 2012 with 30 homers and 83 RBIs in 149 games.