Seattle signs Hart, acquires Morrison

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. The person spoke to The

Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the trade was

pending both teams reviewing medical records.

CBSSports.com first reported Hart’s agreement.

”Knees 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 and continued by adding

a needed right-handed bat in Hart that can provide protection in

the lineup.

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. Hart also had

35 doubles in 2012 and posted an on-base plus slugging percentage

of above .800 from 2010 through 2012.

For his career, Hart has hit 154 homers and is hitting .276 in

945 games. Hart has spent his entire career with the Brewers. If

he’s healthy, Hart has the ability to play both outfield and first

base, and outfield depth is one of Seattle’s biggest concerns going

into next season. Hart also could be a solution at designated

hitter with Seattle unsure if it will be able to re-sign free agent

Kendrys Morales, who was the Mariners’ top power hitter last

season.

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 and had 72 RBIs for the

Marlins.

Morrison also has been slowed by injuries. He had right knee

surgery in September 2012 and missed the first two months of the

2013 season before making his debut. He played 85 games last season

for Miami.

The Miami Herald first reported Morrison’s trade.

Capps appeared in 53 games out of the bullpen for Seattle last

season. He was 3-3 with a 5.49 ERA and 66 strikeouts in 59 innings

pitched. Capps’ struggle was giving up the long ball, allowing 12

home runs. According to STATS, the 12 homers allowed were tied for

fourth most given up by any relief pitcher in baseball last

season.

AP Sports Writers Ronald Blum and Howie Rumberg contributed to

this report.