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
FIFTH DAY AFTER COMPLETION OF WORLD SERIES (Nov. 4)
- 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