According to the New York Post, the Mets have an interest in Brewers slugger Corey Hart to fill their middle of the lineup hole., something many online gambling sites are wondering.
Hart, 30 is coming off double knee surgery, which kept him out of the 2013 season. Because of the limited mobility, the Mets may want to play him at first base, meaning both Ike Davis’s and Lucas Duda’s days could be numbered in New York.
But if they sign Hart, the Mets would have a strong slugger in the lineup, because he hit .270 with 30 homers and 83 RBIs for the Brewers in 2012, splitting the season between first base and the outfield. But he had surgery on his right knee in January, and before returning underwent surgery last summer on the other knee, costing him the entire season. His best year in the major leagues came in 2010, when he batted .283 with 31 homers and 102 RBIs for the Brewers with a .865 OPS.
He would fit nicely in the middle of lineup and give some good protection to David Wright.
Plus, furthermore, because he is coming back from injury, Hart will cost a fraction of the $10 million he made last season in Milwaukee.
If they do sign Hart for first base, the Mets could look to trade Davis, after tendering him a contract. Or they can non-tender him making him a free agent.
But the Mets will need some outfielders. Behind Juan Lagares, who is expected to play center field on an everyday basis. Eric Young Jr. would ideally be part of a platoon in left field for the Mets and right field remains wide open.
The Mets could go internal with candidates like Matt den Dekker, Andrew Brown and Kirk Nieuwenhuis.
Another reclamation project, Rafael Furcal, is of interest to the Mets as they seek an upgrade at shortstop. Bronson Arroyo and Phil Hughes are among the starting pitchers the Mets could pursue seriously as they search for a veteran arm in the middle of their rotation.
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