Pirates sign Corey Hart

Pittsburgh, PA (SportsNetwork.com) – The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed first
baseman/outfielder Corey Hart to a one-year contract.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

Hart played 68 games for Seattle last year after missing the 2013 season
recovering from knee surgery. He hit just .203 with six homers and 21 runs
batted in for the Mariners.

The 32-year-old veteran spent his first nine big league seasons with NL
Central rival Milwaukee and has a career .271 average with 160 homers and 529
RBI in 1,013 games. His best season was 2010, when he belted 31 home runs and
knocked in 102 runs for the Brewers.

To open a spot on the 40-man roster, the Pirates designated right-handed
pitcher Preston Guilmet for assignment.