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Kendrys Morales to reject the Mariners’ qualifying offer

Oct 8, 2013, 5:35 PM EDT

Kendrys Morales AP

A week or so ago it was reported that the Mariners would make a qualifying offer to pending free agent Kendrys Morales. Jon Heyman reports today that Morales is likely to reject said offer when it comes:

Morales will turn down the qualifying offer, as he’d expect to hit it much bigger in a market flush with cash but bereft of power … The qualifying offer is expected to be about $13.8 million. first reported the Mariners are likely to extend the offer.

I think it’s kind of nuts that the Mariners were going to extend a qualifying offer to Morales. But hey, if they want to keep him, sure. I think it’s a bit more nuts for Morales to reject it.

Yes, he has some power. But he’s basically a DH who is 30 years-old. Those are the sorts of guys who we tend to write “[Player X] still looking to latch on someplace” posts about in late January.

Morales lost untold millions when he broke his ankle and missed two years after a home run celebration. I feel like he’s going to cost himself more millions by putting himself out on the market rather than guaranteeing himself nearly $14 million this winter.

  1. brianincbus - Oct 8, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    My thoughts exactly, when this first came out a week or so ago. Hey dummy, take the $14 million!

  2. dondada10 - Oct 8, 2013 at 6:09 PM

    Does the team that signs him lose an unprotected pick?

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Oct 8, 2013 at 7:12 PM

      Yes, if the Mariners extend a QO and he rejects it, a team picking from 11-30 will lose that pick.

  3. jkaflagg - Oct 8, 2013 at 6:20 PM

    Great point….there would be a lot more interest in Morales if draft pick compensation were not required…..makes you think that perhaps his agent ( believe it’s Boros) must have a team on the hook already……

  4. vanmorrissey - Oct 8, 2013 at 6:42 PM

    Go back to the Angels, suckers that they are. Don’t need him, but never stopped them before. Or the Yankees, those two seem to bid against themselves for overpriced, aging free agents.

    • jarathen - Oct 9, 2013 at 7:19 AM

      The Angels will not sign Kendrys. They already have aging, immobile Albert Pujols and plenty of org depth at 1B/DH.

  5. pnw51 - Oct 8, 2013 at 6:46 PM

    Morales has Scott Boras as an agent, remember how well he represented Michael Bourn & Kyle Lohse.

    • Kevin Gillman - Oct 8, 2013 at 11:05 PM

      Bourn went to the playoffs this season, Lohse did not. I think it worked for Bourn very well.

  6. giantboy99 - Oct 8, 2013 at 7:22 PM


  7. giantboy99 - Oct 8, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    He obviously belongs to MENSA….lol

  8. straightouttavtown - Oct 8, 2013 at 9:54 PM

    He’s an idiot. No DH deserves 14 million a year unless he’s David Ortiz. Why would you want a multiyear deal when you can make 14 million in one year? Is his bat better than Carlos Beltran? No. Does he have more defensive value than Beltran? No. He’ll be lucky to get 2 year 14 million now. Look at Josh Willingham’s 3 year 21 million deal and Willingham is better than him.

  9. packerpride03 - Oct 8, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    The player he coulda been. I was at the game he broke his ankle. Went from joy to oh Crap with one jump

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