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Mariners exchange arbitration figures with Smoak, Morrison

Post by Bob Dutton / The News Tribune on Jan. 17, 2014 at 5:26 pm with 1 Comment »
January 17, 2014 5:26 pm

The arbitration countdown started Friday for the Mariners when they exchanged figures with Justin Smoak and Logan Morrison after failing to reach agreements with either player prior to the deadline.

Both players are first-time eligibles for arbitration.

Smoak, 27, wants a boost to $3.25 million from $514,000 in 2013; the Mariners are offering $2.025 million.

Morrison, 26, is seeking a raise to $2.5 million after making $491,500 last season while playing for Miami. The Mariners are offering $1.1 million.

The sides can continue to negotiate until an arbitration panel chooses one of the two submitted figures. Arbitration hearings will be held Feb. 1-21, and decisions are usually announced shortly after a hearing ends.

The Mariners haven’t had a case go through the entire process since 2003 with pitcher Freddy Garcia.

Smoak has been a regular in the Mariners’ lineup since arriving July 9, 2010 from Texas in the six-player deal that sent Cliff Lee to the Rangers. Smoak batted .238 last season with 20 homers and 50 RBIs in 131 games.

The Mariners acquired Morrison from the Marlins in a Dec. 11 trade for reliever Carter Capps. Morrison battled injuries for much of the last two seasons and battled .242 with six homers and 36 RBIs last year in 85 games.



The Mariners also confirmed minor-league agreements with right-handed reliever Logan Kensing and catcher Manny Pina that include invitations to big-league camp.

That boosts the number of non-roster invites to 21 players. Pitchers and catchers report Feb. 12 to the club’s complex in Peoria, Ariz., for physical examinations.

Kensing, 31, is 8-9 with a 5.79 ERA in 135 games over seven seasons with Florida, Washington and Colorado, but that includes just outing — last year with the Rockies — since missing the 2010 season due to shoulder surgery.

He made 44 appearances last season in compiling a 3.05 ERA in 44 1/3 innings at Class AAA Colorado Springs in the Rockies’ system.

Pina, 26, saw limited big-league action in 2011-12 with Kansas City. He batted .228 last year with seven homers and 28 RBIs in 86 games at Class AA Northwest Arkansas and Class AAA Omaha in the Royals’ system.


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  1. Quinault says:

    I am not sure that Smoak’s performance will earn him the raise requested. If it goes to arbitration, then that will lead to a trade. That has been the pattern the Mariner Front Office has had in years past. With Chuck Armstrong on board until the end of the month, that is what I expect.

    In fact with all these bargain bin buys that have occurred, I suspect that there could be a big money deal that is in the works. Or since players on other teams have secured their players to contracts, a trade could be closer to being pulled off. With no talk about a GMZ extension, I believe that he would be more than willing to put his cards on the table and continue to spend money. This is based on his all-in strategy last year.

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