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.