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Mariners reach one-year deal with Morrison

Post by Bob Dutton / The News Tribune on Feb. 4, 2014 at 12:34 pm with No Comments »
February 7, 2014 3:56 pm

Newcomer Logan Morrison made it clear recently that he wasn’t much worried about the possibility of resolving his salary dispute with the Seattle Mariners through an arbitration hearing.

“I’m either going to be happy,” he said while attending the club’s FanFest in late January at Safeco Field. “Or I’m going to be real happy.”

And now, presumably, he’s somewhere in-between.

Morrison, 26, reached an agreement Tuesday with the Mariners on a one-year deal for $1.75 million that includes performance bonuses that could boost its value by another $350,000.

Jon Heyman of first reported the figures on twitter.

The agreement eliminates the need for an arbitration hearing. Morrison had sought $2.5 million in the process, while the Mariners countered with an offer of $1.1 million.

Barring a settlement, the arbitration panel would have selected one of the two submitted figures after listening to arguments from both sides. The process is designed to encourage the player and club to reach an negotiated agreement.

The deal with Morrison leaves the Mariners with one pending arbitration case: First baseman Justin Smoak is seeking $3.25 million, while the club has offered $2.025. Barring an agreement, a hearing will be held later this month,

Morrison, who plays multiple positions, was eligible for arbitration for the first time after making $491,500 last season for the Miami Marlins while batting .242 with six homers and 36 RBIs when limited by injuries to 85 games.

The Mariners acquired Morrison in a Dec. 11 trade for for reliever Carter Capps.

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