Corey Hart signs with Mariners

Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Looks like it's a good thing the Brewers kept their options open.

The Brewers were expecting a decision from Corey Hart last night, but didn't get one. Then they expected one this morning, but didn't get that either. They finally got an answer this afternoon, but I don't think it's the one any of us were expecting.

Hart has signed a one-year deal with the Marinersaccording to Jon Heyman. Terms have not yet been disclosed. He'll head west to play for Seattle GM and longtime Brewers executive Jack Zduriencik, and could provide some power in the lineup behind fellow new acquisition Robinson Cano. The Mariners had a gap in their lineup following the free agent departure of 1B/DH Kendrys Morales.

With Hart off the market, the Brewers are probably likely to revisit some of their rumored trade conversations from earlier this week. They've supposedly had talks with the Mets regarding Ike Davis and Lucas Duda, the Marlins regarding Logan Morrison and the Giants about Brett Pill, and those are just the talks we know about.

The Brewers are not believed to be interested in free agents James Loney or Morales. Loney is believed to be seeking a three-year deal and signing Morales would cost the team their first pick in the 2014 draft.

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