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Five Mariners become free agents, important dates to remember

Post by Ryan Divish on Oct. 31, 2013 at 10:18 am with 6 Comments »
October 31, 2013 11:55 am

With the World Series ending last night in Boston, the offseason begins today. That means free agency begins today. The Mariners had five players on the 40-man roster become free agents today.

  • Endy Chavez, outfielder
  • Raul Ibanez, outfielder
  • Kendrys Morales, designated hitter
  • Humberto Quintero, catcher
  • Oliver Perez, reliever 

That means the Mariners roster is now at 35 players.

Obviously, the big question is with Morales. The Mariners can offer him a qualifying offer of 1-year at just over $14 million. He must then choose to accept or refuse it. If he refuses it and opts for free agency, the team that signs him will forfeit its first round pick to the Mariners.

GM Jack Zduriencik has said on numerous occasions that he will make that qualifying offer. The Mariners have five days, starting today to make that offer (Nov. 4) . Morales has until Nov. 11 to either accept or decline.

The Mariners have two players with options for the 2014 season.

Outfielder Franklin Gutierrez has a club option that would pay him $7.5 million if the Mariners pick it up. If the Mariners forgo the option, they would pay a $500,000 buyout.

Pitcher Joe Saunders has a mutual option for 2014. Both sides would have to agree on the option and it would pay him $8.3 million. There is a $900,000 buyout.

I’d be surprised if either option was exercised.

The Mariners will have two players that are arbitration eligible this season: Justin Smoak and Michael Saunders. Charlie Furbush missed out on being arbitration eligible by one day of service time. That cost him some dollars.

Here’s some important dates …

FOURTH DAY AFTER COMPLETION OF WORLD SERIES  (Nov. 3): Last date to request waivers on Draft-excluded players until next spring


  • Last date to reinstate players from 60-day disabled list
  • Last date to outright potential Minor League free agent without Major League contract, if permissable
  • Last date for former club to tender qualifying offer to XX(B) players
  • Minor League players become free agents at 5 p.m. ET, if applicable

SIXTH DAY AFTER COMPLETION OF WORLD SERIES (Nov. 5): XX(B) and Minor League free agents may sign with all clubs

12TH DAY AFTER COMPLETION OF WORLD SERIES (Nov. 11): Last date for XX(B) players to accept qualifying offer from former club

Nov. 4: Players Choice Awards (MLB Network)

Nov. 5: BBWAA Awards finalists announcement (MLB Network)

Nov 6: Silver Slugger Awards (MLB Network)

Nov.10: Outright waivers secured on or after September 1 expire at 5 p.m. ET

Nov. 11: Sporting News Executive of the Year named

Nov 11: New waiver period begins

Nov. 11: BBWAA Jackie Robinson Rookies of the Year (MLB Network)

Nov. 11-13: GM/Owners Meetings, Orlando, Fla.

Nov. 12: BBWAA Managers of the Year (MLB Network)

Nov. 13: BBWAA Cy Young Awards (MLB Network)

Nov. 14: BBWAA Most Valuable Player Awards (MLB Network)

Nov. 18: Last date to ask outright waivers on an injured player, if permissable

Nov. 20: Last date to outright an injured player to the Minor Leagues, if permissable. Reserve lists for all Major and Minor League levels filed

Dec. 2: Tender deadline

Dec. 5: Last date to request outright waivers to assign player prior to Rule 5 Draft

Dec 9: Last date to outright a player prior to Rule 5 Draft

Dec. 9-12: Winter Meetings, GIBBY (Greatness in Baseball Yearly) Awards

Dec. 12: Rule 5 Draft


Leave a comment Comments → 6
  1. I think the roster is really at 36, because Pryor needs to be activated from the 60-day DL

  2. Another minor quibble – under the new CBA, the Ms do NOT get the pick forfeited if Morales signs elsewhere. They get a pick in the supplemental round. Of interest for the Ms (and other teams in the 1st 10 picks) is that if they sign, say, Ellsbury, and lose Morales to another team. They forfeit the 2nd round pick (~#42), but pick up a supplemental round pick (~#31-36). At least that’s the way the CBA reads to me.

  3. bartbat, I believe that the M’s do get the 1st round draft pick of team that signs Morales unless it is a top 10 pick. Then it would be a supplemental pick. Not 100% sure though.

  4. Quinault says:

    I am still amazed that we did not trade Perez during the season.

    I foresee an offer to Morales. Boras just says no. *Draft pick (if he signs)

    No options being picked up. Bye bye Guti and Saunders.

    Discussions about the Mariners being in the running for free agents (but losing out).

    Smoak and Michael Saunders resign before we go to arbitration.

    GMZ dumpster dives for some other teams cast-offs.

    Joey Cora named manager.

    We roll into Spring Training with holes. Just like usual.

  5. bartbat says:

    from —

    Under the terms of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, the structure has changed. The old Type A and Type B designations are gone. When a player reaches free agency, his former team may make him what is known as a qualifying offer, worth the average amount of the previous season’s top 125 salaries — $13.3 million this offseason.

    If the player accepts the offer, again he is considered to be signed to a contract for the next season. If he declines, the team that signs him gives up a Draft pick, while the team losing the player gains one — though not the same pick.

    The signing team gives up a first-round selection, unless it possesses one of the first 10 selections. In that case, the team gives up its next selection after that. The team losing the player, meanwhile, gains a sandwich pick at the end of the first round. This applies as long as the player signs before the start of the next Draft.

  6. Thanks, bartbat. Too lazy at the time to look it up.

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