Corey Hart missed the entire 2013 season due to knee surgeries.
Corey Hart never saw the batter’s box during a MLB game last season. Not a one. Hart had surgery on his left knee in January of last year. Last June, Hart had surgery on his right knee, ending his 2013 campaign.
So how’s the recovery going? Hart’s reps at CAA have released a video of the first baseman/outfielder working out at the Fischer Institute in Phoenix.
Okay. it’s only a little over 30 seconds.
Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reported today that the Milwaukee Brewers are entertaining thoughts of having Hart back as they have a need at first base. Heyman also states that Milwaukee may be favoring Hart over Ike Davis and Justin Morneau.
There has been some chatter of a deal between the Brewers and New York Mets. The Brew Crew would be getting Davis from the Nets, while outfielder Norichika Aoki would head to the Big Apple. A Brewers rep told Heyman that rumored deal “would not be happening”.
I agree with the Brewers rep. There isn’t much for the Brewers to gain from this deal. Why send a bargain in Aoki (1.9M for 2014) to the Mets? Sure, Aoki was unable to duplicate his production from his first season in the States, but his OBP (.356) was almost the same as it was for 2012 (.355). The falloff was in his SLG (.433 to .370); therefore, showing a decline in his OPS (.787 to .726).
Davis, who also had double-knee surgery, has the same health concerns as Hart. Morneau offered little offense for the Pittsburgh Pirates after a trade deadline deal sent him there from Minnesota.
Add that Hart has stated he would take a “hometown discount” in order to remain a Brewer also factors into this equation. 2013 was the final year of a three-deal in which Hart made $26.5MM. Also consider that the Brewers know what they have from a team aspect with Hart.
While we might not glean a whole lot from this video, the Brewers may have.