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Report: Kendrys Morales to turn down Mariners qualifying offer

Post by Ryan Divish on Oct. 8, 2013 at 5:59 pm with 6 Comments »
October 8, 2013 6:14 pm

Just over a week ago, Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said on multiple radio interviews that the team planned to make a qualifying offer to designated hitter and once in a while first baseman Kendrys Morales.

It was the same thing that Zduriencik said around the trade deadline as well, while mentioning they were also trying to sign Morales to a contract extension.

Basically, the Mariners can offer Morales a one-year deal worth $13.8 million. Morales and his agent Scott Boras could either accept that contract or opt out and declare for free agency. But by doing so, any team that signed Morales must forfeit its first round draft pick in the 2014 draft to the Mariners. The deadline to make a qualifying offer is five days after the World Series ends. Morales would have till 12 days until after the World Series to accept or turn down the offer. What will he do?

On Tuesday, CBS sports Jon Heyman reported that Morales will spurn the qualifying offer and opt for free agency. This information likely came directly from Boras.  And it shouldn’t be surprising since Boras always believes he can find better deals for his clients on the open market.

The weak free agent class this season that features only – Robinson Cano (exorbitant contract expected), Nelson Cruz (PED baggage), Brian McCann (enforcer of baseball’s unwritten rules), Shin  Soo-Choo (also a Boras client and looking for $100 million) gives Boras and Morales the sense that he could land a multi-year deal. According to Heyman, that multi-year deal still might come with the Mariners.

Will Morales get more per year on the open market? Probably not. But he may get a three-year deal at say $10 million per year instead?

Of course, this move could backfire on him as well. It’s very similar situation to Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche, who was coming off a career best year and turned down the Nats’ qualifying offer after last season. LaRoche hoped to capitalize on it with a three or four-year contract, but found only to find no real takers on the open market. He eventually signed a two-year $24 million deal with Washington.


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  1. Quinault says:

    Crossing our fingers for a draft pick! Since the plan is to go young and cost contained. In theory this will free up even more money to go shopping with – not that I expect us to spend it.

  2. Skysport says:

    Not a surprise at all. Boras routinely makes decisions like that while eating his Captain Crunch in the morning.

  3. This is a win-win for the Mariners, in my opinion. They either get Morales back on a multi-year deal for less than $13M annually or they get a draft pick. In recent years we have seen more and more teams reluctant to lose the draft selection IF the free agent is not someone at/near MVP caliber.

  4. GrayGhoste says:

    If the M’s sign a restricted free agent / player with qualifying offer – like Ellsbury, and we lose Morales to some other team… do we lose our second round pick or the pick we get for losing Morales?

  5. Quinault says:

    We lose our first round pick. That is why I doubt that we will be spending any money. We draft high in the order, should get a supplemental pick for Morales, and have money to spend. So an extension for Iwakuma is not out of the realm of possibility.

  6. Top ten picks are protected. The M’s wouldn’t lose one.

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