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07:21 AM ET 10.09 | The Kendrys Morales era may just be coming to an end in Seattle. The Mariners intend to extend a one-year qualifying offer to [Morales], not necessarily because they are hoping for the draft-pick compensation but because they want to retain him. They may just end up with the draft pick, though. Morales will turn down the qualifying offer, as he'd expect to hit it much bigger in a market flush with cash but bereft of power ( Nelson Cruz, Brian McCann, Robinson Cano and Shin-Soo Choo are among free agents remaining who topped 20 home runs after Hunter Pence re-signed with the Giants for $90 million over five years). ... Morales, being weeks from free agency, apparently is disinclined from locking himself in with a big deal before seeing the market. That doesn't mean he has ruled out the Mariners.

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October 9, 2013  08:51 AM ET

If you are in your prime baseball career Seattle is not the place you want to play, because they are light years away from completing in their own division or securing a wild card slot.

October 9, 2013  09:23 AM ET

A .270 hitter that hits 23 homers isn't going to get a huge jackpot.

October 9, 2013  09:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

A .270 hitter that hits 23 homers isn't going to get a huge jackpot.

Boras is his agent. Not sure that is a good thing.

October 9, 2013  09:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

A .270 hitter that hits 23 homers isn't going to get a huge jackpot.

Those numbers aren't bad in that big park, and he doesn't have a lot of competition. Remember what Beltre hit in Seattle, then he started hitting .300 with 30 HRs in the relative bandboxes of Fenway and Arlington.

October 9, 2013  09:49 AM ET

That said, what the HELL are the Mariners going to do without KENDRYS MORALES?!?!!?
AAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!

October 9, 2013  09:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

That said, what the HELL are the Mariners going to do without KENDRYS MORALES?!?!!?AAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The same thing they've been doing pretty much since their inception........lose. They can lose with him, they can lose without him.

October 9, 2013  09:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

The same thing they've been doing pretty much since their inception........lose. They can lose with him, they can lose without him.

Well, they did have some good teams in the mid to late '90s and early '00s...before and since then, yes, not so much.

October 9, 2013  10:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Those numbers aren't bad in that big park, and he doesn't have a lot of competition. Remember what Beltre hit in Seattle, then he started hitting .300 with 30 HRs in the relative bandboxes of Fenway and Arlington.

You have a point. But here and now, he is what his numbers say he is. It may be all the leg issues have taken some ability away. He doesn't run well and doesn't draw walks either.

October 9, 2013  10:12 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

You have a point. But here and now, he is what his numbers say he is. It may be all the leg issues have taken some ability away. He doesn't run well and doesn't draw walks either.

He'll also be 31 next season...not a great FA prize by any means, but somebody will pay decent $$$ for that power.

October 9, 2013  10:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

He'll also be 31 next season...not a great FA prize by any means, but somebody will pay decent $$$ for that power.

There will be a market for him in the AL.

October 9, 2013  11:10 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

If you are in your prime baseball career Seattle is not the place you want to play, because they are light years away from completing in their own division or securing a wild card slot.

Damn good coment. I'm a Mariners fan, but damn I'm tired of them not winning. Just think, the only reason the M's didn't finish in last place in the AL West was because they added Houston to the division this past year. Why can a team like Oakland produce almost every year, but the M's remain in the bottom of the AL West year in and year out??

October 9, 2013  11:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

That said, what the HELL are the Mariners going to do without KENDRYS MORALES?!?!!?AAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Better yet, ask yourself this question. What the HELL are the Mariners going to do "with" KENDRYS MORALES"??? If Seattle can have a losing season with him, why can't they have a losing season without him??

 
October 9, 2013  12:39 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Better yet, ask yourself this question. What the HELL are the Mariners going to do "with" KENDRYS MORALES"??? If Seattle can have a losing season with him, why can't they have a losing season without him??

Because their pitchers would not have time to sit down before their offense made three outs and commercial breaks would have to be moved up.

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