Aug 15, 2013; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Seattle Mariners designated hitter Kendrys Morales (8) in the dugout against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

As Expected, Kendrys Morales Rejects Mariners' Offer

Kendrys Morales has declined the Mariners’ $14.1 million, one-year qualifying offer. It should come as no surprise seeing as people close to Morales let it known before the offer was even made that Morales would reject it.

Morales was one of 13 players across Major League Baseball given the qualifying offer. All 13 players rejected the offers and will test free agency.

Morales hit .277 with 23 homers and 80 RBI for Seattle in 2013. Agent Scott Boras failed to comment on the offer but said of Morales’ numbers:

‘Twenty three (home runs) and 80 (RBI) is the new 30 (home runs) and 100 (RBI).” — Scott Boras

True, power numbers are on the decline around the game. There were only 27 players in 2013 with 23+ homers and 80+RBI so the thought is that Morales’ service will be in high demand.

The M’s could still sign Morales to a deal if they want to, but because he turned down the offer, the team will receive a compensatory draft pick after the first-round if Morales signs with another team.

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  • drwheelock

    I really want Morales to stay, especially considering his switch hitting splits, but considering KC has made Butler available and Butler is only paid $8M in 2014 I have to say that I would favor a Butler trade that would replace Morales. There’s our RHB we need, and Butler would play 1B with Montero at DH against LHPs forcing Smoak to sit against LHPs. I didn’t realize how many LHB’s we have in our lineup. Ellsbury and Choo and McCann are all LHBs, so I’m thinking Seattle is gonna have to land a couple power RHBs via trade:

    1. Butler
    2. Kemp


    1. Ellsbury
    2. Gutz on a $2.5M base with add’l incentives
    3. Tanaka

    • maqman

      Kemp’s medical status wont be known for some months yet. If the operation on his ankle is not successful his career could be over, that’s possible. The Dodgers don’t intend to trade an outfielder until they know the operations outcome.