According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Rays have checked in on both players, and likely have a serious enough interest as we approach the deadline:
Morales is nearly as hot, with three homers and a .367 average over seven games. Like Ibanez, Morales is a free agent after the year, and while the Mariners don’t seem eager to trade either player, by the end of the month reality may set in. The Rays are believed to have checked in about the Mariners’ hitters, with the Rangers and Yankees among contenders who make sense.
At some point Seattle is going to have to come to terms with the fact they are sellers at the deadline. It would also help to realize that doing so would potentially enable the franchise to improve over the next few years.
The Mariners are holding on to talent for no reason. Watch for the Rays to make an offer soon when Seattle comes to its senses.
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