Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Minor League Deal Options For 2014: Corey Hart

Corey Hart started off the 2013 year with a left knee surgery that would have originally kept him out of the Milwaukee Brewers lineup until around the All Star Game. On June 28th of the same year the Brewers learned that they would be without their third basemen for the rest of the 2013 season with a surgery to his right knee. What major league team is going to want to shell out a guaranteed major league contract to a guy coming off of a missed season and two knee surgeries? I am hoping nobody and that Corey Hart decided to sign a minor league deal with us to rebuild some value. I'm dreaming and I know it because some team will give Corey the low value one year deal with performance bonuses but call me optimistic anyway. 

The third base market this off season is especially thin with guys like Mark Reynolds, a 37 year old Michael Young, and Kevin Youkilis coming off of another back injury and subsequent surgery on the back leading the pack. With the Yankees being without Alex Rodriguez for the entire 2014 season the Yankees are really going to need a man at the hot corner so could Corey Hart be that man?

Corey Hart has a 162 game average in his career with the Brewers of .276/.334/.491 with 26 home runs and 87 RBI's from the right side of the plate. Hart can also play first base and has dabbled in right field as well adding some much needed versatility to an aging Yankees squad. Hart is a first basemen by trade but I think the transition to third base would come easily to Hart as he has shown good feet and mechanics at first base and an athleticism that cannot be taught. He would obviously not be the ideal third basemen but him learning a new position may be better than all the options on the market and David Adams at this point.

Do I think Corey Hart will agree to be a third basemen? Probably not. Will he then decide to sign a minor league deal with a legit shot at the majors and a World Series? Maybe. Do I care? Absolutely not! That's what makes the off season and free agency the best part of the baseball season for some people. It's fun, hopes are never higher, and sometimes your dreams fly off the paper or your computer screen and they sometimes come true. 

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