With the Minnesota Twins in town, Kendrys Morales was again a topic in Seattle.
The Mariners made Morales a three-year, $30 million offer last September -- when he was still with the team -- which he declined. The Mariners also made him the standard qualifying offer of $14.1 million, which he also declined.
He spoke through an interpreter about his contract negotiations, so, his responses are through the lens of that interpreter. Which means they should be taken with a grain of salt.
Here's our talk with Morales:
What are your general thoughts on being back?) "Not different, really. Just here with a different shirt. Now, he's playing for the Twins and it’s time to play for the Twins."
Why did you decline the Mariners' three-year offer last season?) "There really was a little bit of talk, but there wasn’t really any real discussion. At the end, he was going to be in the same spot he was going to be anyway. In his mind, or what he got out of it, there really wasn’t much discussion." (An additional note here, after we had another interpreter listen to the audio: Morales essentially said he turned down the three-year offer in September because he thought it would still be available when he became a free agent, plus he would be able to test the free agency market).
Did you turn down the qualifying offer because you thought you could find a multi-year deal on the open market?) He knew it was going to be tough to look for another offer, or another job, but in his heart he just didn’t really want to come back here and be in the same spot … he was taking his chances to see if something was better."
When teams came at you again, were the Mariners among them?) "They were talking to him, but unfortunately his agent and whatever Seattle was talking about, there was some … misunderstanding in the negotiation."
Do you feel like Seattle was fair to you in their negotiations and offers?) "Everybody takes it as a business, and that’s what they were taking it as. He still felt whatever offer they were offering, he would still be in the same situation before he left."