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Bucs Sign Corey Hart

By Kipper @pghsportsforum
The Pirates on Friday signed free-agent first baseman/outfielder Corey Hart to a one-year, $2.5 million contract.
Hart can make up to another $2.5 million in performance bonuses. To clear a spot on the 40-man roster, right-hander Preston Guilmet was designated for assignment.
Hart, who will be 34 on Opening Day, missed the entire 2013 season due to surgeries on both knees. Last season, he played in 68 games with the Seattle Mariners and batted .203 with a .841 OPS.
A 10-year veteran, Hart has made 706 career starts in right field and 100 at first base. Hart, who bats right-handed, can provide insurance if either Gregory Polanco or Pedro Alvarez is injured or falls into a slump.
Hart hit 20-plus home runs in five of six seasons from 2007 to 2012. He his the sixth-most homers (87) among National League players from 2010 to 2012.
In 42 career games at PNC Park, Hart hit .329 with seven home runs and a .953 OPS.

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