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Kendrys Morales reportedly rejected a $30 million offer last summer

Apr 16, 2014, 10:32 AM EDT

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Kendrys Morales, who is currently, I dunno, shuttling his kids to soccer practice and maybe having coffee with the neighborhood gals, could be playing baseball if he had not looked a $30 million gift horse in the mouth. From Todd Dybas of the News Tribune:

Seattle general manager Jack Zduriencik fielded questions at the end of a meet-and-greet with season-ticket holders on opening night at Safeco Field. He was asked about Morales and said the Mariners had offered him a three-year, $30 million contract, which was declined. The offer was made during last season after the All-Star break.

While this was a week ago, this is the first I’m hearing of it. Of course, given that it was Jack Zduriencik who said it, and given that he has an incentive to make the team look more reasonable than Morales, we should take it with at least some skepticism.

That said, we know for a fact that Morales rejected a one-year $14.1 million qualifying offer, so Morales’ ability to properly value himself in the market is suspect as well.

In other news: the Mariners’ offense has been crappy. It’s almost as if they could use a hitter every bit as much as Morales could use a job.

  1. yahmule - Apr 16, 2014 at 10:46 AM

    I understand this is his career and he should do what feels right to him, but I’m surprised a guy who missed the better part of two full seasons recently would feel comfortable sitting out more games.

  2. bigmeechy74 - Apr 16, 2014 at 10:55 AM

    what an idiot. “Nah. I don’t wanna be set for life.”

    • kcroyal - Apr 16, 2014 at 10:59 AM

      It’s like my father always told me: “Son, if someone ever offers you 30.25 times more money than the president makes to play a kids game, you take it.”

      • tedwmoore - Apr 16, 2014 at 11:22 AM

        Wow, your Dad offered some mighty specific advice. Kind of leaves you grasping at straws if, say, someone offered you only 30 times the president’s salary to play a kid’s game.

        Also, MLB is not a kid’s game. Kind of like how Picasso did more than play with art, or how any profession with childhood antecedents is more difficult and complex and professional than the games we play as children. This argument never tires for some people, and I don’t know why. If you are uncomfortable with the money in professional sports, fine, but don’t lay that at the feet of the athletes who work incredibly hard to achieve success in their field of work.

      • cur'68 - Apr 16, 2014 at 11:26 AM

        uh…holy jeez. I thought I was getting taken WAY to seriously yesterday and then I see THIS reply. Jeez. Lighten up there, Francais. kcroyal was using what we literate people call “HYPERBOLE”.

  3. kcroyal - Apr 16, 2014 at 10:55 AM

    The good news is Kendrys Morales reportedly made $9,462 working part time on his computer last month.

    • yahmule - Apr 16, 2014 at 11:12 AM

      I know. Kendrys is my best friend’s sister’s second cousin once removed.

    • dcarroll73 - Apr 16, 2014 at 12:39 PM

      And Craig deserves a lot of the credit since Kendys regularly reads HBT without which he might never have had those daily reminders and the handy link to take advantage of that opportunity.

  4. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Apr 16, 2014 at 11:03 AM

    For the Mariners in particular, if they signed him now or after the draft it would be the same deal: no sandwich pick. Of course, they went out and signed 34 other 1B/DH types, plus the 7 or 8 they already had in house.

  5. aceshigh11 - Apr 16, 2014 at 11:25 AM

    To paraphrase one of the German terrorists from Die Hard:

    “Next time you have a chance to make 30 million dollars, DON’T HESITATE!”

    • yahmule - Apr 16, 2014 at 11:49 AM

      That guy was immediately shot in the nuts.

      • aceshigh11 - Apr 16, 2014 at 2:35 PM

        True…it’s just that whenever I have a chance to quote Die Hard…I don’t hesitate. ;)

      • deathmonkey41 - Apr 16, 2014 at 3:08 PM

        Well, Yippee-Kai-Yay for you motherf####r!!!

    • Kevin S. - Apr 16, 2014 at 12:17 PM

      To paraphrase Winston Zeddmore:

      “Kendrys, when someone asks you if you want $30 million, you say ‘YES!'”

  6. clydeserra - Apr 16, 2014 at 12:02 PM

    I rhink the take away here is THE MARINERS WERE WILLING TO GIVE WHAT TO MORALES??

  7. m056432 - Apr 16, 2014 at 12:10 PM

    I’d offer him the league minimum…. prorated for the games missed of course.

    • aceshigh11 - Apr 16, 2014 at 2:44 PM

      That’s funny. I’d love to see the look on his face.

  8. luz56 - Apr 16, 2014 at 12:10 PM

    And that my friends is what’s wrong with today’s athlete …30million and you say NO??

    • dcarroll73 - Apr 16, 2014 at 12:47 PM

      It is wrong to try to maximize your income? I would hesitate about taking the Mariners’ side of this story at face value, but even if he had been given such an offer, that is less AAV then the supposedly ‘good faith’ QO. Clearly if the teams weren’t gaming the system to get draft picks, then it would be likely that a player given a QO would find another team willing to offer the same and maybe for multiple years.

  9. labfan30 - Apr 16, 2014 at 12:58 PM

    Kendry has already made over 13.5 million in his baseball career, not counting any extra income he’s earned from endorsements. He’s already set for life. At the time of the offer, he was hitting at a good clip and seemed to be getting stronger. (had a monster July)

    Stupid decision, but I don’t think he’ll be missing any meals anytime soon.

  10. spyder9669 - Apr 16, 2014 at 1:56 PM

    endorsements???? hahahahahahahaha. Is he in a bacon commercial??

  11. rocketbutt - Apr 16, 2014 at 2:01 PM

    I’m torn here. If it came out of Jack Z’s mouth, it has at least a 50/50 chance of being a complete fabrication or abject nonsense. At the same time, Morales is clearly a knucklehead.

    A win-win for Mariner fans everywhere!

    Craig, what’s the over/under on games out of first by the All-Star Break?

  12. mutasian - Apr 16, 2014 at 2:12 PM

    these idiots should go back down south of the borders and wipe horse asses for a living.

  13. mutasian - Apr 16, 2014 at 2:14 PM

    every game he misses is money he lost. stay away from the mlb you greedy third world peasant.

  14. braddavery - Apr 16, 2014 at 2:20 PM

    Poor guy.

  15. luz56 - Apr 16, 2014 at 3:05 PM

    There is no reason to insult the guy because he come from a third world…

  16. shyts7 - Apr 16, 2014 at 3:15 PM

    Maybe he should fire his agent. 10 million a year for Morales is a good salary at this stage of his career. When you have the chance to get 30 million TAKE IT! Don’t hold out for a tiny bit more. His bluff was called, just like with Stephen Drew.

  17. redmondjoules - Apr 16, 2014 at 3:47 PM

    Wait until after June 1st, then offer him a pro-rated deal for one year; take it or leave it. Its not like Corey Hart and LoMo are rippin’ the cover off the ball now is it?? We could use another bat and maybe Nick “The Great Gazoo” Franklin will provide some pop. Like Red said in “The Natural” in response to Pop Fisher saying,”Look at him, Red. We don’t need no middle-aged rookie.” Red said, “Well……..WE NEED SUMTHIN'”!!

  18. hbk72777 - Apr 16, 2014 at 4:08 PM

    He’s about as smart as Choo, who is now going to sweat his balls off in the Texas heat instead of breezy NYC………..for less money

    • Kevin S. - Apr 16, 2014 at 4:27 PM

      You’ve never been to NYC in the summer, have you?

  19. denny65 - Apr 16, 2014 at 5:42 PM

    Did Morales say “no” to 30m, or was it that viper he has for an agent saying “let’s test the waters?”

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