Kendrys Morales Reacts to Acquisition of Hart, Morrison

Seattle Mariners v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

As a player who declined Seattle’s qualifying offer in November, Kendrys Morales is a free agent for whom any signing club besides the Mariners would need to surrender a pretty valuable draft pick.

As a player who’s capable of playing mostly just first base or DH, Kendrys Morales has been made largely redundant by the Seattle Mariners’ acquisition today both of Corey Hart and Logan Morrison (who join Jesus Montero and Justin Smoak as field players ideally deployed at one of the aforementioned positions).

One assumes, therefore, that Kendrys Morales’s reaction to Seattle’s most recent transactions — which transactions limit his options, and also probably the value of his next contract — that Morales’s reaction isn’t very different from the one portrayed here in what has never been referred to as Internet Technicolor.

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  1. RunTeddyRun says:

    Rules regarding qualifying offers are subtle and devious so my interpretation is likely wrong, but isn’t it a Thing that whosoever next employs Mr. Morales will lose a pick even if that team is the Mariners? In the possible (not likely) event that no team wishes to sign him, and that the Mariners bring him back for fewer than qualifying dollars?

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    • Tim says:

      They would not forfeit a pick.

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      • MDL says:

        If Morales signs elsewhere then the Mariners get a supplemental pick; if signs with the Mariners, they don’t get the pick that would have been between the 1st and 2nd rounds. It is quite Schrodingeresque.

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        • RunTeddyRun says:

          Ok yeah, that’s what I thought. They don’t get the pick they forfeited, that pick simply vanishes from the draft and the supplemental round is condensed. Perhaps they sell the disavowed pick on eBAy.

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  2. 7 Unassisted says:

    Serious question- if nobody else wants to give up a pick to sign him for anything, and Sea will only lowball him (like 1/4 or something), how much of the season would he have to sit out before he could sign with no draft pick attached?

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  3. rustydude says:

    Break a leg, Kendrys Morales – uhh, oops. I guess that happened to him, for real, once.

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  4. joser says:

    So what if the Mariners sign Morales to a better deal than he would get anywhere else with the draft pick liability attached (though still lower than the QO), and then trade him to another team who considers that a reasonable price since they no longer have to give up a draft pick? While the M’s don’t get a draft pick that way, they get whatever they trade him for, and some other team gets him for relatively cheap without giving up a draft pick. Is that within the rules, and would it cause Boras to melt down or the MLBPA to file a grievance?

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    • Robo says:

      It would be like a bizzaro version to a sign-and-trade in the NBA. Can you imagine the contract negotiations though?

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    • LTG says:

      The kind of coordination required to make that happen would violate the CBA’s rules against collusion. But it might be the sort of violation that the players do not challenge. On the other hand, it might be the sort of violation that other teams do challenge, if there was not a fair opportunity for all teams to negotiate the sign-and-trade.

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    • Pirates Hurdles says:

      MLB has already stated repeatedly (last year) that any attempt at a sign and trade to skirt compensation rules will not be approved.

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