Corey Hart Spinning Wheel NoMaas Yankees

Guess the player:

– A poor fielding free agent outfielder w/ serious knee concerns
– Over his last two seasons, he hit .277/.344/.509 (130 wRC+)
– Worth 5.0 WAR over those same two seasons

At first glance, you might think it’s Yankees’ free agent target Carlos Beltran, who is looking for a 3-4 year deal. The description nearly fits Beltran to a T.

But it’s not Beltran. It’s Corey Hart of the Brewers. And he can be had for a fraction of the price of Beltran.

Hart missed all of 2013 due to knee surgeries, but the dude can flat-out hit. The 31-year old is a career .263/.331/.468 hitter (119 wRC+) and pummels left-handed pitching to the tune of .300/.369/.526 (136 wRC+/ 110 wRC+ vs RHP)

He could serve as a platoon OF bat vs lefties. He could backup Mark Teixeira, who now has his own durability issues. He could DH.

He’s so similar to Beltran, it’s nutty – right down to the knees.

He made $10 million in 2013, but coming off two knee surgeries, he can only expect to earn a portion of that in 2014 and very likely only on a 1-year deal.

He could be an absolute steal, and allow the Yankees Hal-Cap™ flexibility to pursue further upgrades.