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Seattle Mariners rumors: Kendrys Morales signing still possible for Mariners?

Free agent Kendrys Morales is still in contact with the Seattle Mariners this offseason.
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Seattle Mariners rumors have Kendrys Morales still linked to the team. While these updated Seattle Mariners rumors don't indicate that Morales is ready to agree to a new contract with the team, it does show that a dialogue is taking place. According to a report from Thursday (March 13), general manager Jack Zduriencik states that he has still been talking with agent Scott Boras about his client. This could potentially lead to an interesting scenario where he comes back to be the designated hitter for the team in 2014.

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It's no secret to any fan of the team that Morales turned down a one-year deal worth $14.1 million during the offseason. It made him a free agent and attached a compensatory pick to his signing. That means if another franchise ends up signing him before the June draft, the M's will acquire another pick for him. That pick would quickly disappear after they signed Robinson Cano to that 10-year, $240 million deal, but it would mean that the franchise doesn't lose its third round pick (currently lost due to signing Fernando Rodney).

A lot has been made about the team possibly being out of money in recent weeks, but it's still possible they could be in the market if the price were right. Recent Seattle Mariners rumors have also indicated that Robinson Cano and Felix Hernandez would like the front office to spend some more money to fill gaps in the roster. That alone might be enough to lead to the return of Kendrys Morales on a one-year deal, but he would have to lower his asking price quite a bit. With a lack of vocal suitors on the market, that might be possible. The question then becomes whether he can be ready by Opening Day on March 31.

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