Kendrys Morales was placed on revocable waivers by the Mariners and got claimed, but Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that Seattle pulled him back and will be keeping the switch-hitter for the remainder of the season.
Who knows what type of offer they got for Morales, but if the Mariners turned down any kind of decent prospect for a 30-year-old impending free agent designated hitter … well, that would add to their pile of questionable decision-making.
Morales is having a decent season, hitting .281 with 17 homers and a .782 OPS in 127 games, but it’s hard to imagine the Mariners making him the $14 million qualifying offer necessary to get draft pick compensation for his signing elsewhere because he’d presumably just accept the one-year deal if they did.
Seattle held on to a bunch of veterans at the July 31 trade deadline under the guise that they wanted to finish the season strong. Since then they’ve gone 9-16 are are now 59-73 overall.
Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes will opt out of his contract shortly after the World Series concludes. Cespedes, who earned $17.5 million for the 2016 season, has two years and $47.5 million remaining on his deal which includes an opt-out clause.
That Cespedes plans to opt out isn’t surprising as he’s almost certain to get a better contract entering a weak free agent market. He hit a terrific .280/.354/.530 with 31 home runs and 86 RBI in 543 plate appearances for the Mets this past season.
It remains to be seen how the Mets will deal with potentially losing Cespedes. They can pick up a $13 million club option for Jay Bruce, but he performed terribly after joining the Mets in a trade from the Reds. The Mets could also go after free agents Jose Bautista or Mark Trumbo. Curtis Granderson and Michael Conforto will handle the other two outfield positions.
Major League Baseball announced on Wednesday that former Red Sox DH David Ortiz and Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant won the 2016 Hank Aaron Award in their respective leagues.
Ortiz, 40, flourished in his final season, batting .315/.401/.620 with 38 home runs and 127 RBI in 626 plate appearances during the regular season. His .620 slugging percentage, 1.021 OPS, and 48 doubles led the majors while his 127 RBI led the American League. Ortiz also won the Hank Aaron Award back in 2005.
Bryant, 24, is the likely winner of the National League Most Valuable Player Award as well. He hit .292/.385/.554 with 39 home runs and 102 RBI over 699 plate appearances. He also led the league by scoring 121 runs. Bryant is the first Cub to win the Hank Aaron Award since Aramis Ramirez in 2008.
Last year’s winners in the AL and NL, respectively, were Josh Donaldson and Bryce Harper.