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Storylines: Morales may have missed chance at long-term deal

Storylines: Morales may have missed chance at long-term deal
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April 17, 2014
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In this MLB News and Notes segment, I will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. I also will try to tweet news and rumors as I see them, so feel free to follow me on Twitter: @ajnicholsIBI.

Here are the stories from Wednesday, April 16th.

Top Stories

  • According to Todd Dybas of the Tacoma News Tribune,Kendrys Morales had a contract extension offer from the Mariners last summer that would have guaranteed him $30 million over the next three seasons, but he refused. Morales is still a free agent after turning down Seattle's qualifying offer at the beginning of the offseason.

Tribe News

  • Carlos Santana admitted to reporters that his slump at the plate to start the season may be because of the adjustments he has had to make defensively. Santana has seen time at third base, catcher and DH so far this season. After Wednesday night's game, Santana was seen with ice around his upper left leg and he told reporters that he tweaked his groin a few games ago.
  • Jason Giambi played in the second game of a doubleheader for Double-A Akron and went 0-2 with a walk and a strikeout. Giambi could be activated from the DL for the Friday's game in Cleveland against Toronto.

Others News and Notes

  • Angels' outfielder Kole Calhoun will miss four to six weeks due to a bad ligament sprain in his ankle suffered in Tuesday night's game against Oakland.
  • The Astros have called up consensus top-25 prospect George Springer. In order to make room on the active roster for the outfielder, Houston designated pitcher Lucas Harrell for assignment.
  • The Mariners recalled highly regarded infield prospect Nick Franklin on Wednesday. Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times noted that Franklin could see some time in the outfield.
  • Also from Seattle, Mariners top pitching prospect Taijuan Walker was scratched from his Minor League rehab start Tuesday night due to stiffness in his arm.
  •'s Reuben Frank reported that Phillies starter Cole Hamels may be able to return from the DL as early as next week.
  • According to Jon Heyman of, Diamondbacks president Derek Hall said it's too early to say if the jobs of general manager Kevin Towers or manager Kirk Gibson are on the line after Arizona's slow start.
  • The A's claimed 25-year-old righty Marcus Walden off waivers from the Blue Jays.

User Comments

April 18, 2014 - 4:22 AM EDT
Yeah, Hermie, THAT works in modern baseball: you just take away a guy's mitt who just turned 28 and tell him, "sorry about your career, but you're a DH from now on." People who believe that's the way the world works live in fantasyland. Carlos swallowed hard when the position he likes playing the most (oh, and gave him the most value) was taken away from him last September. He took one for the team and never complained. But over the winter you can bet he (and his agent) firmly told the Tribe that he doesn't want to be a DH at 28, and who could blame him? He goes out and works like heck to become a major league thirdbaseman, and now you're gonna tell him he's through playing the field on a regular basis? Um...sorry...I think not. Listen, I'm as distressed as anyone by Santana's .196 slugging, and am as happy as anyone by Chisenhall's quick start, but Carlos is still the big dog and Lonnie is the little pup in the scheme of things, and saying "at the end of the day it's not about what the player wants, it's what's best for the team" is more than a little naive. Why don't you just tell Swisher he's a pinch-hitter from now on too? It would be FAR preferable to trade away a guy like Santana who can catch and can play third base in the major leagues than completely kill his value by making him the de facto full-time DH.
April 17, 2014 - 9:31 AM EDT
I think the Indians should hold on to Morgan as long as possible. In SPT we had pitchers go down to TJ Surgery. Now with the season in full swing for some reason we have outfielders going down.

Not sold that Bourn is completely healthy. We still might need Morgan later in season. I hope Morgan does great in Columbus to increase his trade value if the Indians do decide to trade him.
April 17, 2014 - 8:59 AM EDT

re: Morgan - I was thinking the exact same thing when I saw the story on Calhoun this morning. I'm sure it wouldn't be much more than a A- or A+ level player, but Antonetti seems to thrive on these types of trades.
April 17, 2014 - 8:30 AM EDT
With all the OF injuries the Angels are having...wonder if you couldn't steal something of value from them for Morgan....

Crazier things have happened (Kearns for McAllister, Perez for Cabrera)...
April 17, 2014 - 8:28 AM EDT
Amazes me that essentially a DH-only could turn down that kind of money. yeah he can hit 20 HRs but hasn't shown the ability to do a whole lot else. When you're worth only a win a season, take the $10M guaranteed over multiple years.
April 17, 2014 - 8:28 AM EDT
Morales offered 3y 30mil and he along with Boras reject it. Then they complain that the QO is unfair and unjust. It not about market value when it comes to Boras. It about how to extort the most money for his clients. I guess we found out what his market value is they are not happy with that value.
April 17, 2014 - 8:16 AM EDT
Was a big fear of mine with regards to Santana....making a big positional switch like that is not easy. I know there's a lot of talk that Santana doesn't "want" to DH but at the end of the day it's not about what the player wants and it's what's best for the team. Get rid of Johnson, bring up Kottaras and take away Santana's catcher's mitt for good, please.
April 17, 2014 - 8:06 AM EDT
Lucas Harrell might be worth a flier. I'm not sure if he's out of options, but IF he could get it together he might make a worth while pickup. Could plug him in as an extra arm in the pen for a while to see if he gets it together with the possibility of returning him the rotation at a later point.

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