Are The Mariners Really Still Interested In Kendrys Morales?

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With the additions of Logan Morrison and Corey Hart, there is definitely an abundance of first basemen in Seattle, so if the Mariners do bring Morales back,  he would see significantly less time on the field. Would it be worthwhile for the Mariners to take a chance on Morales strictly in a DH role? It depends on how the next season is going to be played. There is a good chance that the Mariners will adopt, at least partially, platooning.

With the surgeries to Hart and Morrison, there WILL be lots of adjustments to the roster on a game-by-game basis. Along with Justin Smoak there will be a revolving door at first base. Eventually the Mariners hope to move Hart into a more permanent corner-outfield position, but at the start of the season we’re going to see Hart/Morrison/Smoak sharing time at 1st base and DH.

The thing with signing Kendrys Morales is that gives options out the wazoo. Need to add some MLB experience to a trade? Boom, Justin Smoak is gone. Do Corey Hart’s knees make a full recovery? Bam, starting left-fielder. Given the Mariners history of season-ending-injuries, a little bit of insurance would go a long way too.

I know that a lot of people are going to read this and think it’s insane. You’re right, that price tag is excessively high for a guy who I’m suggesting play only 80 or 90 games. I will definitely admit that Morales is overkill for a position the Mariners are already flush with, but if the price is right its worth bringing him back.

I’ve been a pretty big advocate in the past for low-balling players to see who will bite. This is definitely one of those occasions where the Mariners should toss a low offer at Morales and see what comes back. Now that the M’s have other DH options, they shouldn’t throw anything close to the $14MM qualifying offer they made. Since the Mariners have so much depth, uncle Jack can afford to be a hard-ass and drive a hard bargain with Morales. Given that the market is so soft on Morales right now, the Mariners could very well steal him back at a fraction of the price.

Chances are this won’t work out. Morales is a caliber of player who will eventually get an offer somewhere. On the other hand, this is exactly the kind of move we’ve come to expect from Jack and company.  As far as I can see, this is the only way that the Mariners are still in on Kendrys Morales.

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  • tedsfrozenhead

    Are the Mariners bound to the qualifying offer or does it rescind at some point in the process?

    I am all for bringing Morales back, but not sure about 14million. He was not among the better hitters on the Mariners as the article says, he was with the exception of Seager pretty much our entire offense. With Morales we would not have had to sign a couple players with bad knees hoping they will contribute and could possibly trade Smoakie who has done nothing but tease us with some September pop in his bat.

    • Dan Hughes

      He declined the offer so it is no longer in play. If the Mariners bring back Morales it will be because he agreed to a new deal that the team offers him. They may still offer $14M but it’s unlikely given his lack of interest on the market. They can probably come at him with 2-years and $18-$20 million (9-10 per) and get it done if they want.

    • Alan Milnes

      The qualifying offer died when Morales declined it, pretty boneheaded move by both parties – no way he is worth anything like $14m and when it was offered he should have jumped at it. He’s going to end up in Seattle as anyone else needs to fork over a draft pick, maybe a 2yr $15m deal so he can claim he got more money!

    • Matthew Seto

      I agree, signing Kendrys would have certainly changed everyone’s outlook on Hart/Morrison. Smoak would probably have been traded already too.
      Morales certainly does mean the end for Smoak, it’s a bit too much to have 4 guys rotate through like that. I would expect Smoak to be on the trading block really quickly (if he isn’t already) if Morales comes back to Seattle…..What Jack can get for him is a different story…

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