Report: Mariners GM says team offered Kendrys Morales $30 million
Did free agent Kendrys Morales err in turning down a 2013 offer from the Mariners?
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.