Waiting to be cleared, free agent Corey Hart has been in contact with several teams
NOV 19, 2013 3:08p ET
"What's so hard right now is I don't get cleared until Dec. 3," Hart said. "I've had plenty of teams calling and checking in to see how I'm doing, but until the doctor says I'm 100 percent, I think they are going to hold off until that time.
"It's kind of frustrating because I've been 100 percent for the last month, but until I can get back out to Los Angeles, I've kind of been in a holding pattern."
The Brewers are in need of a first baseman and are likely to pursue bringing Hart back if the price is right. Hart said he knows he's going to have to take a contract with a lower base salary and performance incentives.
Currently working out in Arizona, Hart and his agent, Jeff Berry, are encouraging teams to come watch the free agent work out.
"I've talked to the Brewers and hopefully things work out," Hart said. "But being a free agent, you never know what's going to happen. You don't know what they are going to offer compared to other teams so it's a waiting game there."
Hart was in line for a big contract after successfully transitioning to first base and hitting 30 home runs in 2012, but two separate knee injuries caused him to miss the entire 2013 season.
He had surgery on his right knee in January and injured his left knee while rehabbing and needed another surgery in July.
"It's frustrating because during my career I haven't been hurt a whole lot," Hart said. "I've had a few injuries here and there but I hadn't really missed any time. I don't want to be punished because I had an injury year. I'm still a good player, I just had a misfortune. I've worked through all of that stuff and now it's more or less wait and see what will happen in the free agent market."
Hart said most of the early interest has come from teams looking at him as a first baseman, but he's open to a return to the outfield if that's what's wanted of him.
"I can still go back out there," Hart said. "I've dropped 20 pounds so I'm able to run around better than I have in a few years. That won't be an issue. We've talked to a few teams who like the fact I can do both, but a lot of teams are calling right now because the first base market is so thin.
"Running around won't be an issue anymore. I just have to be a little more cautious when running into a fence or anything like that. I don't know what teams will want me to do, but if it comes to me playing 50 at first and 50 in the outfield, that won't be an issue."
Hart was asked if going to a contending team would be his top priority, but said winning won't be the biggest factor in his decision.
"Winning would be great, but I'm more of a family man than anything," Hart said. "The one that will be the best fit for me is the one that will be the best fit for my family. I have four kids, so it won't be my decision. Me and my wife, we'll come to it together and figure out what will be best for us."
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