Pirates sign Corey Hart to 1-year deal
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 33 on Opening Day, missed the 2013 season because of surgeries on both knees.
Last season, he played in 68 games with the Seattle Mariners and batted .203 with a .590 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 Gregory Polanco or Pedro Alvarez is injured or falls into a slump.
Hart hit 20-plus home runs in five of six seasons from 2007-12. He hit the sixth-most homers (87) among National League players from 2010-12. In 42 career games at PNC Park, Hart has hit .329 with seven home runs and a .953 OPS.