Report: Mariners GM says team offered Kendrys Morales $30 million

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

Right about now, Kendrys Morales would probably like to roll back the clock to his Mariner days. (USATSI)
Right about now, Kendrys Morales would probably like to roll back the clock to his Mariner days. (USATSI)

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DH/1B Kendrys Morales is of course still a free agent at this writing. This past offseason, Morales turned down a qualifying offer from the Mariners (defined as one year, $14.1 million), which means that any team that signs him before the June draft will forfeit a high pick. That's surely part of what's tamped down the market for his services.

Now, Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik says the team, following the 2013 All-Star break, offered Morales a three-year, $30-million deal, which Morales subsequently turned down. According to Todd Dybas of the Tacoma News-Tribune, Zduriencik disclosed the offer during a recent Q&A with fans. If true, then, yes, Morales would probably like a mulligan on that one considering how the winter unfolded for him.

The switch-hitting Morales, age 30, owns a career OPS+ of 120 and a .286/.340/.499 line against right-handers across parts of seven big-league seasons. A number of teams could use a productive bat like Morales, but thus far Morales's price hasn't been met.

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