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By the end of Tuesday, it appeared that free agent Corey Hart was close to making a decision on which team he'd sign with. That choice was made earlier Wednesday as the 31-year-old agreed to a one-year, $6 million deal with the Seattle Mariners that could pay him as much as $13 million with incentives.
The deal was first reported by Jon Heyman of CBS Sports and the contract details were provided by Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times.
The M's weren't done, though. Just a short time later, Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reported that the Marlins were trading Logan Morrison to Seattle for reliever Carter Capps.
I chimed in with my thoughts on what the two moves mean for the team's post-Cano plan.
Two minor trades were also made on Wednesday, with the trade-happy Oakland A's sending left-handed reliever Jerry Blevins to the Washington Nationals for minor league outfield prospect Billy Burns, and San Diego and Houston matching up on a deal that has right-hander Anthony Bass headed to the Astros. The two teams also exchanged players to be named later or cash.
After trading Ian Krol to Detroit in the deal that landed them Doug Fister, the Nationals were in the market for a left-handed reliever. The A's, who also have lefties Sean Doolittle, Fernando Abad and Pedro Figueroa on the 40-man roster, as well as newly acquired Drew Pomeranz (who the team thinks can fill a bullpen role), were a logical match because of their depth.
One other notable free agent found a new home Wednesday as the New York Mets and starting pitcher Bartolo Colon agreed on a two-year deal that will pay him $20 million for his ages 41-42 seasons, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. He'll fill the No. 1 starter void with Matt Harvey expected to miss the season recovering from Tommy John surgery.
The Pittsburgh Pirates also landed a starting pitcher, inking Edinson Volquez (pictured) to a one-year, $5 million deal. The deal is only worth mentioning because of the potential that the Bucs can straighten out another talented, yet inconsistent pitcher as they did with Francisco Liriano in 2013.
Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review tweeted that the move wouldn't preclude the club from re-signing A.J. Burnett, although Volquez would likely become a very expensive middle reliever should the team enter the season with a healthy starting five that would include Burnett, Liriano, Gerrit Cole, Wandy Rodriguez and Charlie Morton, who was signed to a three-year, $21 million contract extension earlier in the day.
Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reports the deal buys out Morton's final year of arbitration and includes a $9.5 million club option for 2017.