Seattle Mariners rumors have Kendrys Morales and Brendan Ryan coming to terms on new one-year contracts with the team. This was done in an effort to avoid arbitration and according to a report from Friday (Jan. 18) both players have received nice pay raises for the 2013 MLB season.
Morales will make $5.25 million in 2013 with the chance at reaching additional incentives. As for Ryan, he will make $3.25 million in the coming season, which is a very nice pay raise for someone who hit below .200 in 2012. His fielding prowess likely drove the price up, especially after some analysts ranked him as the best fielding shortstop in baseball last season.
Two other Mariners were arbitration eligible this season and they are Shawn Kelley and John Jaso. No news has come in on either player, but for Jaso his contract will be with the Oakland Athletics after the Mariners traded him to acquire Michael Morse. Kelley probably isn't in line for a big pay raise, as he made $600,000 in 2012 and only saw limited action during the season.
This is the final arbitration season for Morales, so expect him to pop up in Seattle Mariners trade rumors as the season progresses. If he starts performing very well, though, it's possible that the team could look to lock him up for a few more seasons.
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