Seattle Mariners rumors have Kendrys Morales opting to head into free agency. The Mariners had been rumored to be extending Morales a one-year qualifying offer up to this point. According to a report from CBS Sports on Tuesday (Oct. 8), he is going to turn down that offer to see what free agency can bring.
It's not that surprising that he will try to find a higher bidder, especially because there aren't a lot of big names heading to the open market. This one-year offer from the Mariners would have been worth $13.8 million, but it's very likely that he can get much more from a team looking to add a middle-of-the-order bat.
This past season, Morales posted a .277 batting average with the mariners to go along with 23 home runs and 80 RBIs. He was one of the most important parts of the offense, but it looks like this could be his last season with the team. It's possible that the Mariners also try to re-sign him through free agency, even though the franchise might not be able to match some other offers on the open market.
Losing Kendrys Morales will leave a huge hole in the offense, so many more Seattle Mariners rumors may surface about the team trying to land another power hitter. That might require a trade to take place, though, because there aren't many available as free agents.