The Seattle Mariners didn’t want to lose Kendrys Morales in free agency this past season and offered him a three year, $30 million dollar contract to stay around the 2013 All-Star break.
It was an offer Morales reportedly rejected.
The veteran first baseman/designated hitter is likely regretting such a decision as currently sits without a team while the Mariners ended up using some of the available funds created by not signing Morales towards prized free agent signing Robinson Cano.
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.
As if that wasn’t painful enough, Morales also declined a one-year, $14.1 million dollar qualifying offer this past offseason as he was looking to secure a long term deal.
Morales is hoping to sign after June’s amateur draft as his draft pick compensatory status (any team that signs him has to forfeit a draft pick) will come to an end.