Morales hitting a spring training homerun. Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Kendrys Morales: The Seattle Mariners vs Scott Boras

Dec 11, 2013; Orlando, FL, USA; MLB agent Scott Boras is interviewed during the MLB Winter Meetings at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort. Mandatory Credit: David Manning-USA TODAY Sports

Well fans, we finally broke our 8 game skid after beating the Astros on Wednesday. Yes the pitching was bad, the defense made a ton of mistakes, and the run support was non existent…but the worst part about that streak, we are making Scott Boras look like a genius.

According to reports, last season Kendrys Morales turned down a $30 million dollar extension from the Mariners. In Jack Zdruiencik‘s eyes, he did everything he could to hang on to the 23 home run – 80 RBI hitting DH last season, even offering Kendrys a 1 year $14.1 million dollar qualifying offer to keep him from becoming a free agent. But he and his agent, Scott Boras, promptly declined.

Apparently there had been constant talks throughout the offseason between the Boras-Morales tandem and the Seattle Mariners front office, but no deal had been reached. Zduriencik had indicated that Boras was asking way too much for Morales and neither sides would budge.

Prior to the season it appeared that the Mariners had the upper hand on Boras and Morales since the switch hitting free agent still had not reached a deal with anyone. The price of losing a pick to the Mariners by any team that signed him may have squashed possible deals for Morales.

As the season moves on, the tables have turned..

The Mariners as a team hold a batting average of .222 with 18 home runs and 71 RBI’s. With the health of Corey Hart becoming more consistent, the Mariners do have the ability to shuffle in more people at DH and RF. Here is the stats of our guys who have played RF:

1  Jones, J SEA RF - 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000
2  Hart, C SEA OF - 8 2 4 3 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 .500 .600 1.250 1.850
3  Franklin, N SEA 2B - 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .333 .333 .333 .667
4  Romero, S SEA LF - 22 1 5 2 0 0 1 0 7 0 0 .227 .261 .318 .579
5  Morrison, L SEA 1B - 9 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .222 .222 .222 .444
6  Saunders, M SEA CF - 33 4 6 1 1 0 2 3 7 1 2 .182 .243 .273 .516
7  Bloomquist, W SEA 2B - 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
1  Franklin, N SEA 2B - 4 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 .250 .250 .750 1.000
2  Hart, C SEA OF - 51 5 11 0 0 3 5 3 13 0 0 .216 .273 .392 .665
3  Cano, R SEA 2B - 5 1 1 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 0 .200 .200 .800 1.000
4  Morrison, L SEA 1B - 10 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 4 1 0 .100 .250 .100 .350

Analyze these numbers any way you want; if Hart is healthy, he should be in RF. It is a position he was very comfortable at in Milwaukee. In order to keep him healthy throughout the season he can split with Romero, Saunders or maybe even Cole Gillespie.

As for our designated hitter? Well without Hart, those numbers are worthless. Franklin, Cano, and Morrison should not be at DH.  Morales was had already generated 25 hits and 10 RBI’s at this time in April of 2013. Think a team ranked 26th in batting could use those numbers? It doesn’t take a sabermetrics genius to understand how badly we could use his services.

This is the bottom line folks, we need Kendrys back.

Zduriencik has to understand that he needs to convince our owners that bringing Morales back to a multi-year deal is in the best interest of winning and keeping our stars happy. The price tag will be high because we know that Boras demands too much for his guys anyway. But whatever it is, pay it. Keep Cano happy and interested in winning rather than his guaranteed money.

Here is a look at a possible lineup featuring Morales:

Almonte, A. CF

Miller, B. SS

Cano, R. 2B

Morales, K. DH

Smoak, J. 1B

Hart, C. RF

Seager, K. 3B

Ackley, D. LF

Zunino, M. C

Please M’s, stop Boras from doing anymore damage.

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  • JJ Allen Keller

    I disagree strongly. Morales is likely a 1.5 WAR type player. That production is not worth 3/30+ (or whatever it ends up being), and the loss of the pick we would acquire if he goes elsewhere. Now, the pick may not happen anyway, but I just dont see Morales adding much more than a win to this team.
    People far too often ignore defense and overall value. We don’t know if Hart can play RF constantly. I would guess that he can’t. That means someone is riding the bench, and there is still Saunders/LoMo/whoever in RF a decent chunk of the time. Not a good use of resources. Go get a real outfielder next time so you don’t have this proble.

    • Dan Shearer

      10 mil per year is not worth that production?

      • JJ Allen Keller

        Well, it’s close, but when it’s multiple years and no pick, then probably not. I’m actually not as adamant about it as others, or as how much first comment reads, but Morales represents a fairly marginal upgrade to this team. And there is downside to his presence, forcing Hart into the outfield more than he should, etc.. If Hart could handle RF 4-5 days a week, then that’s a different story

        • Tacoma Rain

          Since there is NO WAY that Hart can play the OF for more than 2 days in a row… and probably not even 4 days in a week – that means Hart must DH at least 3 times a week… meaning paying anyone $10+M per year for 3 times a week, especially for the Mariners is ridiculous.
          Further, Morales has said he would rather not play in Seattle, so there even now we would have to over pay to get Morales to sign here… meaning more than $14M per year.
          Lastly, on the 40 man roster… who do you cut? Heck, I am sure the Mariners would love to add another hitter / OF from their own minor league teams… but with all the injuries… they are currently restricted by who they could conceivably cut… since it appears no one is willing to meet Jack’s price in a trade.

  • BigDog330

    At any price? No way! Morales had his chance at a generous 3/30 offer. He turned it down, so the M’s turned to Hart. I would have liked to see Morales come back, but let’s try to get a player that can actually contribute in the field. How about a nice center fielder. I also don’t think Boras’ plan to wait until June will work. Morales still won’t be able to play great defense in June, and his prorated pay for part of a season will never reach the $14.1 million he let fly, fly, away.

    • Dan Shearer

      Do you think that after him rejecting the 3/30 last year and turning down the 1/14.1 after the end of the season that Z was really wanting to offer him the 3/30 again? I would hate to see this guy sit til June because he will end up on a squad that is more bolstered for a playoff run. I think the Orioles will take a look at the possibility of signing Morales depending on the extent of Chris Davis’s injury he sustained this week.

      • BigDog330

        It sounds like Morales/Boras have always been trying for far more than 3/30 or the $14.1 million and that is why Z never bothered to make another offer at that amount or lower. I’m sure some teams will take another look at him after the draft. Will he sign at that time? He should. Will he get what he thinks he is worth? He might even get a three year contract. However, he will have wasted half of this season and the money that goes with it. The bottom line is that Morales is a very solid DH player, but he is not an All-Star baseball player. He can play 1st base, but team’s don’t seem to value his defense. (I haven’t seen him there enough to judge.) Good luck to him, the M’s have had to move on.