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Pirates sign Corey Hart to 1-year, $2.5 million deal

The two-time All-Star returns to the NL Central on a one-year deal.

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The Pirates have signed Corey Hart to a one-year, $2.5 million contract, according to Jon Heyman of Hart can earn an additional $2.5 million in incentives to push the deal's total potential value to $5 million.

Hart, 32, spent last season with the Mariners, hitting .203/.271/.319 with six home runs and 21 RBI in 68 games. He will likely platoon with Pedro Alvarez at first base due to his success against lefties, while providing some outfield depth and a pinch-hit power bat for Pittsburgh next season.

Hart, a two-time All-Star, was excellent in the NL Central with the Brewers from 2004 to 2012, hitting .276/.334/.491 with 154 home runs and 508 RBI. Injuries have derailed his career over the last few seasons, but he is still a good low-risk option for a team like the Pirates that was looking for some pop off the bench at a low price.