Mets interested in Rafael Furcal and Corey Hart

Posted: November 6, 2013 in Hot Stove, News, Opinion

By Steven Inman

Photo by Fox News

Photo by Fox News

With Major League free agency already under way, the New York Mets have expressed interest in a pair of veteran free agents, SS Rafael Furcal and OF/1B Corey Hart. Neither player played last year and it remains to be seen how much either can contribute at an everyday level at this stage of their respective careers.

Furcal, 36, last played with the Cardinals in 2012 where he hit .264 with 5 homers and 49 RBI’s in 531 PA’s with St. Louis. The Mets need more of a sure thing at the shortstop position than a 36-year old Furcal. Furcal may find it difficult to get a guaranteed major league deal this winter. He isn’t the sparkplug he once was at the top of the order like he was for the Braves in the early 2000’s. It would behoove him, like most players who miss the year before, to sign early in free agency.

Corey Hart would struggle adapting to Citi Field's outfield

Corey Hart would struggle adapting to Citi Field’s outfield

Corey Hart is in a different situation than Furcal. Hart is coming off a serious knee injury that winded up knocking him out for all of 2013. He is still just 31 and was planning on moving out of the outfield, becoming the Brewers everyday first basemen in 2013. Hart has a ton of power, hitting 86 homers from 2010-2012 but not playing 81 games in hitter friendly Miller Park could change that somewhat.

Hart would be a very good option on a high incentive deal to play first base for the Mets. He has always been a terrible outfielder who lacks the range to play a decent right field; he would get exposed playing right everyday at Citi Field but the Mets could give him a flier at first base.

I believe Hart ends up back in Milwaukee where he has spent his entire career. He has expressed interest numerous times over the past few weeks about staying in Milwaukee although so far Brewers GM Doug Melvin has not reciprocated that interest.

Do you think the Mets should sign either of these players?

  1. Mike Young says:

    Steve – These two offers puzzle me. These two players are no longer starters and at their age coming off of serious injurys they are not late inning defensive replacement type players either. Why are the Mets focusing their attention on these two while the significant FAs are by now already being approached by other teams, I presume, with needs similar to the Mets? Mike

    • Steven Inman says:

      Mike I think if Corey Hart is healthy he is a starter, and a good one. He has a ton of pop and is still just 31.
      I don’t think the team is focusing all of their attention to these two players. There are over 180 free agents and the Mets are going to check in and show interest in nearly half of them. These are just two that have been reported. Trust me on this one Mike, things are going to get interesting here in the next few weeks, and your patience will pay off…. Mets are looking for a couple of homeruns here

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