Morales, Ryan sign one-year deals
Kendrys Morales and Brendan Ryan came to one-year contract agreements with the Mariners on Friday to avoid arbitration, leaving reliever Shawn Kelley as the only unsigned player on the 40-man roster.
Morales signed for $5.25 million, plus possible performance bonuses, according to Jon Heyman of CBSsports.com. He earned $2.975 million last year with the Angels.
Ryan signed for $3.25 million after making $1.75 million last year.
Both Morales and Ryan are in their third and final years of arbitration-eligiblity and will be free agents at the end of this coming season.
The Mariners exchanged salary figures with Kelley at Friday’s filing deadline, in accordance with Major League Baseball’s collective bargaining agreement. According to CBSsports.com, Kelley asked for $1.2 million and the Mariners offered $750,000.
If the two sides don’t reach agreement in the coming days, Kelley will go to a hearing in which a three-member arbitration panel chooses either the salary number he and his agent submitted Friday or the lower figure submitted by the team.
Binding arbitration hearings take place from Feb. 4-20. The Mariners haven’t had a player go to an arbitration hearing since Freddy Garcia in 2003.
Kelley, 28, earned $600,000 last year in his first year of arbitration-eligibility as a Super Two qualifier. He pitched 47 games for the Mariners, going 2-4 with a 3.25 ERA in 44 1/3 innings, over three different stints with the club.