Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  By By Ken Rosenthal  |  Last updated 8/30/13
Shortly before the July 31 non-waver deadline, the Seattle Mariners contacted Kendrys Morales' agent, Scott Boras, about signing the designated hitter-first baseman to a contract extension. The conversation did not lead to actual negotiations, and Morales is now all but certain to become a free agent this offseason. Boras said Friday that he expressed to the Mariners his plan to market Morales as a hitter whose offensive statistics would improve if he played his home games in a park other than Seattle's pitcher-friendly Safeco Field. Morales, 30, had told team officials he was interested in re-signing with the club, but the Mariners balked at contract figures suggested by Boras and never made the player a formal offer, according to sources with knowledge of the discussions. The Mariners then passed twice on chances to trade Morales, first before the non-waiver deadline and then again this week after he was claimed on waivers by an unidentified club. Morales, a switch hitter, is...
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