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The Seattle Mariners can expect a compensatory pick in next year's draft. That's because Kendrys Morales is expected to reject the team's qualifying offer this offseason and become a free agent. The amount of the offer is not yet know, but Morales appears focused on getting a long-term deal.
Jon Heyman of CBS Sports says the Mariners are planning to extend a one-year, qualifying offer to Morales. He is expected to reject that offer, though, and pursue free agency. The 30-year old wants more than a year, and Heyman believes he'll get such a deal on the free agent market. Morales' success and health this season have renewed teams' interest in him.
After missing the entire 2011 season, Morales returned last year and played in just 134 games. He was dealt from the Los Angeles Angels to the Mariners in the offseason, and this year he managed to play 156 games. Avoiding any serious injury for the entire year, Morales was able to show why he has been one of the more underrated players over the last five seasons. Now, it seems the league is taking notice.
When the season officially ends after the playoffs, the Mariners will extend their offer. Morales will reject. He can then start shopping. He will be faced with the same issues players were faced with last year - how many teams are willing to give up a draft pick for him, and how many years will they guarantee him? These questions will soon be answered, but Morales' days in Seattle are numbered.
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