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Mariners: There's dialogue but a difference with Morales

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Mariners baseball people and even the team's most prominent hitter Robinson Cano all seem to be in favor of bringing back Kendrys Morales to Seattle. Yet, Morales still isn't here, and he remains working out in Miami at the Scott Boras Training Institute.

That Morales -- who solved Safeco, hitting 23 home runs with 80 RBI in his lone year there -- still isn't a Mariner has given rise to a theory that perhaps ownership is unhappy that Morales turned down the $14-million qualifying offer, or perhaps other offers. But Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said there has been continuing dialogue and he denied that ownership is holding a grudge or upset at all with Morales.

Explaining why Morales, who would appear to be another needed power bat from the right side (he's a switch hitter), isn't a Mariner, Zduriencik said, "It strictly has to do with where they're at (in negotiations) and where we're at."

Earlier this spring, Cano told CBSSports.com the team could use another starting pitcher and especially a right-handed bat, suggesting Morales for the hitting role. Cano, who is 12 for 19 so far this spring, was especially concerned about how left-handed their lineup is.

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