Giving out $14 million dollars of guaranteed money, even if it is a one-year deal for any player is a lot of dough. But it’s something the Seattle Mariners likely will be doing with first baseman/designated hitter Kendrys Morales after they announced they tendered a qualifying offer to the powerful hitter this afternoon.
#Mariners have made a qualifying offer to DH Kendrys Morales.
Of course, this doesn’t mean the Mariners are planning to keep Morales – rather, they’re just setting themselves up for compensation in the case he does leave.
The power hitter market is extremely thin this offseason, so it’s possible the Mariners are hoping that somebody will overpay for Morales, who hit .277 with 23 home runs this past season, allowing them to get a draft pick in return.
Had they not tendered the qualifying offer, it’s extremely likely Morales would have departed in free agency but now, his future in Seattle seems to be a bit more cloudy as it’s possible he could take the one-year deal and attempt free agency next year.