Mets Interested In Corey Hart


The Mets are interested in Corey Hart. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, the New York Mets are interested in former Milwaukee Brewers 1B/OF Corey Hart.

Hart missed the entire 2013 season with problems in both knees and since the Brewers non-tendered him, he’s now a free agent. Milwaukee still has interest in working out a deal with him and he has said he is willing to come back to Milwaukee for less money. Recently Brewers GM said Hart looked to be moving around well. Granted, Melvin only saw him through video, but it’s still positive news nonetheless.

Pursuing Hart is an odd choice for the Mets considering they have Lucas Duda and Ike Davis manning first base. However, if they acquired Hart, Duda and Davis would become trade bait. They could also use Hart in right field but he’s average there at best.

Hart is a high risk/high-reward player -if he can stay healthy, he has the ability to put up All-Star numbers.

In 2012, Hart hit .270 with 30 home runs and 83 runs batted in. If not for his injury history, he would be one of the hottest free agents on the market.

Every day Hart remains without a team, it’s less likely the Brewers will re-sign him. He’s learning what other teams think of him and their opinions may outweigh Milwaukee’s.