After Kendrys Morales turned down the Seattle Mariners’ $14.1 million dollar qualifying offer, Seattle knew they’d have money to spend. So what better way to spend it than by blowing it all on one of the top free agents on the market, Carlos Beltran. Yep, the Mariners have thrown their hat into the Beltran sweepstakes, this according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN:
#Mariners to the list of teams with an interest in Carlos Beltran.
Beltran, who was given a $14.1 million dollar qualifying offer by the St. Louis Cardinals has drawn heavy interest from around the league, though, will likely end up signing with an American League team as they can offer more flexability given the designated hitter position, something Beltran will likely need to employ himself with come the final year or two of any upcoming deal.
Granted, the Mariners would likely be towards the bottom of Beltran’s list as he’s looking to play for a team with World Series aspirations, but Seattle may be hoping that his age, high price tag, requirement to forfeit a draft pick and iffy outfielding prospects could devalue his list of interested suitors.