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Morales rejects Mariners offer, becomes free agent

Post by Darrin Beene / The News Tribune on Nov. 11, 2013 at 2:34 pm with 9 Comments »
November 11, 2013 2:47 pm

There was no big surprise Monday – Kendrys Morales rejected the Mariners’ $14.1 million qualifying offer.

In fact, all of the 13 players who received the offer from their teams rejected it.

That means Morales – and Robinson Cano, Curtis Granderson and Hiroki Kuroda of the Yankees, Jacoby Ellsbury, Mike Napoli and Stephen Drew of the Red Sox, Atlanta’s Brian McCann, Cincinnati’s Shin-Soo Choo, Cleveland’s Ubaldo Jimenez, Kansas City’s Ervin Santana, St. Louis’ Carlos Beltran, and Texas’ Nelson Cruz – are all free agents and can sign with any team, including their former teams.

By making the qualifying bid, the Mariners are assured of receiving a compensatory pick at the end of the first round of next June’s draft should Morales sign with another team.

It’s also important because of this, according to MLB.com reporter Greg Johns:

The Mariners are free to sign any of the other players who rejected qualifying offers without losing their own first-round pick (sixth overall) because teams with a top-10 draft pick are protected. Instead, Seattle would lose its next available pick, which currently is the sixth selection in the second round, but would be higher if they receive a compensatory pick for Morales.

In two years of this system, all 22 players given qualifying offers have said no.

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  1. Good. I honestly don’t think Morales is worth bringing back anymore. I think you can get Ibanez to do just as well or close enough for a lot less money and on a 1 year deal. He likely would hold up better at DH than he did being forced into the OF in 2013. Best case may be Ibanez and Montero splitting time at DH. I’d much rather they put their resources into an OF and a starter.

  2. Quinault says:

    I think we dodged a bullet with Morales rejecting our offer. I seriously doubt that he is worth the offer even for a single year. The big fear now is that he will not sign with another team. He basically is a DH. But he is Cuban, so you never know with Miami.

    Unless we promote a whole bunch of kids [which we have done in the past, as GMZ drafted them], I agree, we need an arm and a new outfield. I would feel better prepared if we brought in an experienced individual to help mentor the kids. But I think that Raul is done. I could be wrong – I frequently am – but I would like to see an arm and a bat.

  3. Raul certainly could be done, but I think he can still be productive in the right situation in 2014. I certainly wouldn’t have believed you if you told me what kind of year he would have in 2013. He wore down due to playing too much and more importantly having to play the field. I definitely think he could be productive platooning at DH at the very least. And I think he’d come back for 4 mil or less.

    I think that someone with a fairly good team that’s in need of a bat will sign Morales, but I don’t think he’s going to get the money he expects.

    I think the M’s have to sign a starter with Hultzen likely done for all of 2014, but maybe not if they’re simply going to go with youth. No point in spending money on a vet if you’re not going to go after other players to win in 2014. I’d like to see them make a play for Choo.

  4. Quinault says:

    I almost feel that the most likely route to the future will lie within trades and not a big ticket free agent signing. We haven’t pulled the trigger yet. I do not see GMZ changing his stripes this year. He went all in this year with all the 1-year deals and we slid backward. Morales was the only one that lasted the year and that may have been only for the draft pick. I see more youth in our future.

    That is why the GM and then the Owner meetings are critical this year. I do not know if the death of our owner will lessen the Japanese pipeline – as he may have been more of an influence than we were told. That analysis will begin this off-season.

  5. Z went pretty hard after Hamilton last off-season according to reports, but he can’t make them come here. I’d rather not trade for a hitter, depending on who goes.

  6. Quinault says:

    I just keep reading about how we are in on certain players. If there was one thing we learned in the whole Milton Bradley deal was trading one bad contract for another does not work out for either team.

    In 2013, we digressed getting our kids MLB ready, so I do not see the value in trading them just so another club will have payroll flexibility. And I just do not see the value of Carl Crawford (for example) at the cost of our cost contained parts in the pipeline.

    GMZ has said that it takes time to get players to the majors. Last year was a show me year – being the last stop gap until young arms and legs are ready. Now with injuries, we just do not know. But given the time it takes to build from within, rebuilding from the outside remains an option.

  7. I’m not for trading Walker or Paxton for a bat. Unless that bat is Mike Trout or Stanton. They’re really not that deep in pitching anymore. And I don’t see anyone out there likely to be available that’s really worth trading for. I could understand flipping Montero for someone if they can get a good deal.

  8. Quinault says:

    Why do I think that Montero and Peguero will split the DH spot? Is it because we need outfield help? Or is it that we may not spend the money or make the trade to upgrade multiple holes? Or is the reason, simply, they are on contract.

    But the winter meeting have yet to start in earnest. We will keep our eyes open.

  9. Quinault says:

    Why do I think that Montero and Peguero will split the DH spot? Is it because we need outfield help? Or is it that we may not spend the money or make the trade to upgrade multiple holes? Or is the reason, simply, they are on contract.

    But the winter meetings have yet to start in earnest. We will keep our eyes open.

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