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.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Pirates will sign reliever Felipe Rivero to a four-year contract extension that includes two club options. The total value of the deal is believed to be $22 million and each club option is worth $10 million.
Rivero, 26, did not come to an agreement with the Pirates to avoid arbitration in his first year of eligibility ahead of last Friday’s deadline. He requested a $2.9 million salary for the 2018 season while the Pirates countered at $2.4 million. This extension will cover all four years of Rivero’s arbitration eligibility and the two club options can cover his first two years of free agency as well.
Rivero was one of baseball’s best relievers last season, finishing with 21 saves, a 1.67 ERA, and an 88/20 K/BB ratio in 75 1/3 innings. The Pirates acquired him from the Nationals along with minor leaguer Taylor Hearn ahead of the 2016 non-waiver trade deadline in the Mark Melancon deal.
Presumably, Rivero’s extension was in the works before he knew anything about the Andrew McCutchen trade. He made a couple of tweets following this afternoon’s news. In one, he used only the “facepalm” emoji. The other was a .gif of The Office character Jim Halpert yelling, “What is going on?”