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The Mariners intend to make Kendrys Morales a qualifying offer

Oct 1, 2013, 5:52 PM EDT

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Free agent-to-be Kendrys Morales might not be one and done in Seattle. MLB.com’s Greg Johns passed along word that GM Jack Zduriencik said he intends to make the designated hitter a qualifying offer after the World Series.

That offer would give Morales a one-year contract in the $13.5 million-$14 million range should he choose to accept it. Alternatively, he could still take his chances in free agency. However, since the team that signs him would have to forfeit a draft pick, his value would diminish.

The question here is where Jack Z actually thinks Morales is worth that kind of coin or if he’s simply gambling on the draft pick. Morales is represented by Scott Boras, and those two might figure they can get the kind of multiyear deal that would make the sure money worth passing up.

It will be a tough sell. Morales is a steady hitter; in 2012, he hit .273/.320/.467 with 22 homers for the Angels. In 2013, he hit .277/.336/.449 with 23 homers for the Mariners. Still, he’s going to enter 2014 as a 31-year-old five years removed from his only big season in the majors (.924 OPS, 34 HR with the Angels in 2009). He can play some first base, but he has no real defensive value., and he’s far from an asset on the basepaths.

His comparables list at Baseball-reference may not mean much, but it should give his suitors pause. Guys like Reggie Jefferson, Erubiel Durazo, Mike Jacobs and Juan Rivera were essentially done at 31, and no one on his list remained a consistent producer.

Zduriencik will come out a winner here if he makes the offer and Morales leaves anyway, netting the Mariners a draft pick. The alternative is spending close to $14 million on an unexceptional DH when he could probably resign Raul Ibanez to fill the role for 25 percent of that. Given the way that most teams are addressing the DH spot by mixing-and-matching and using cheaper veterans these days, it seems like a bad risk.

  1. jdillydawg - Oct 1, 2013 at 6:08 PM

    I hear there’s an opening at manager. Maybe he could be the Designated Manager.

    Seriously, this could solve the M’s public perception problem – that managing there is a no win situation. Just rotate the players through as managers. With a roster of 40, that’s about 4 games each they’ll manage. The player with the best winning percentage at the end of the year gets to manage in the playoffs.

    (Hey, statistically the Mariners have a chance of making the playoffs every year. Realistically, ya, different story…)

    • don444 - Oct 3, 2013 at 3:51 AM

      Nice contribution to the board. Just kidding. Moron!

      • jdillydawg - Oct 7, 2013 at 8:39 PM

        Wow Don, impressive. At least my comment referred to the article. And your comment added to this conversation in what way? Shut the hell up a-hole.

  2. fearthehoody - Oct 1, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    As a M’s fan I say run Kendrys! Management will surround you with the likes of Mike Sweeney, Milton Bradley, Jack Cust, Brendan Ryan, Ryan Langerhans, Jason Bay, start em and call that a team

  3. rublestiltzkin - Oct 1, 2013 at 7:10 PM

    Really? Okay, well I guess I’ll be the first positive comment about it. Not only do I think he is a good player to have in the fold, but I also shows me some semblance of drive for this team from the front office. This would be the first legitimate free agent ( or potential to be) signing of jack Z’s entire tenure, that wasn’t from Japan. Besides, who else is gonna come here as a free agent hitter and play? (crickets)

    • don444 - Oct 3, 2013 at 3:58 AM

      $14 million qualifying offer for a full-time DH with good, not great, production is a questionable move at best. Not the worse move that will be made across baseball between now and April, but certainly not something for you to be getting excited about.

  4. jkaflagg - Oct 2, 2013 at 12:38 AM

    Wow…I was hoping that Houston might bring him in to upgrade the DH position, but no way they’ll part with a draft pick, even though it would be a second rounder…..have a feeling that Morales might end up taking the offer….

    ….are there rules about if/when the M’s could trade Morales if he accepts the offer, and would they be allowed to send along any cash to defray that $14 million ?

  5. edelmanfanclub - Oct 2, 2013 at 1:31 AM

    He’s not bad but they could probably get him for 2 years with that money.

  6. straightouttavtown - Oct 2, 2013 at 6:12 AM

    Why would you pay a guy who barely plays the field 14 million a year unless he’s giving you David Ortiz-like production at DH? Guys like him are dimes a dozen.

  7. markofapro - Oct 2, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    Who are those dime a dozen players you are talking about that are free agents comparable to Morales who will DH?

    • straightouttavtown - Oct 2, 2013 at 4:42 PM

      Carlos Beltran

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