The Mariners and outfielder Logan Morrison avoided salary arbitration by agreeing to terms on a contract for the 2014 season. The organization does not release contract details, specifically salary, but intrepid baseball salary reporter Jon Heyman reports that the deal is for $1.75 million this season with $350,00o in possible incentives.
Morrison was acquired from the Marlins in a trade for right-hander Carter Capps. He hit .242 (71-for-293) with 13 doubles, 4 triples, six home runs and 36 RBI in 85 games last season. He missed the first few months of the season while recovering from right knee surgery. In parts of four Major League seasons, he has batted .249 (322-for-1295) with 73 doubles, 16 triples, 42 home runs and 162 RBI in 363 games.
The Mariners plan to play Morrison at multiple positions, rotating between first base, left field and DH.
That leaves Justin Smoak as the only arbitration eligible player remaining that hasn’t agreed on a contract. I’m guessing that will be taken care of soon.
Mr. Heyman also reports the Mariners are getting more serious about signing free agent outfielder Nelson Cruz and also in signing free agent closer Fernando Rodney. The Mariners as always are mum on the subject. Those baseball sources have said the Mariners are willing to offer a two-year contract with maybe a club option or mutual option for the third year. If the Mariners did sign Cruz, I’m not sure how they’d make it work roster wise. But I’m guessing a trade of Justin Smoak and possible Nick Franklin would likely follow.
Buster Olney tweets that Ervin Santana’s contract demands continue to drop. And now he may be willing to take a three-year deal instead of a four-year deal. The Mariners have been interested in Santana all along, more so than Ubaldo Jimenez. If they are able to get Santana on a three-year deal, it could be nice pick-up to go with Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma.
And here’s a video of a great looking beat writer with a huge cranium talking about the Mariners on Friday.