Although Robinson Cano suggested that the Seattle Mariners needed a thunderous right-handed bat in their lineup, he may have to be content with the addition of a switch hitter.
With the regular season just a few weeks away (excluding the Dodgers-Diamondbacks games in Australia), Kendrys Morales is still without a team. That doesn’t mean he’s not talking to the Seattle Mariners though.
Morales has seemingly overpriced himself this Winter but the Mariners apparently aren’t holding a grudge and the two sides continue to have dialogue about a potential return.
That Morales — who solved Safeco, hitting 23 home runs with 80 RBI in his lone year there — still isn’t a Mariner has given rise to a theory that perhaps ownership is unhappy that Morales turned down the $14-million qualifying offer, or perhaps other offers. But Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said there has been continuing dialogue and he denied that ownership is holding a grudge or upset at all with Morales.
One would assume that Morales would likely need to take a one-year pillow offer in effort to re-build his value, but the good thing for the Mariners is that they wouldn’t have to give any draft pick compensation to sign Morales considering he played for them last season.