(1090 The Fan) – Kendrys Morales and Brendan Ryan both avoided arbitration Friday by agreeing to one-year deals with the Mariners for the 2013 season.
CBS Sports Jon Heyman tweeted Morales’ deal is worth $5.25 million plus performance bonuses.
Morales, 29, came to the Mariners last month through a player-for-player swap with division rivals, The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Seattle surrendered left-handed starter Jason Varags in the deal — both players had one year remaining on their contracts before they were eligible for free agency.
Morales is a career .281 hitter with 79 home runs and 265 RBI across six Major League seasons (2006-2010, 2012) with the Angels. Last season, the Cuban native batted .273 with 26 doubles, 22 home runs and 73 RBI in 134 games.
Odds are you are very familiar with Morales’ infamous “celebration injury.” After a monster, walk-off grand slam May 29, 2010 vs. the Mariners, Morales fractured his lower leg when he leaped onto home plate and was subsequently mobbed, tackled and pummeled (in a good way) by his elated teammates. Morales ended up missing the remainder of the 2010 campaign and then missed the entire 2011 season.
Ryan, 30, has started 254 of the Mariners 324 games over the last two seasons at shortstop. Over that span he leads all Major League players with 45 defensive runs saved.
The Mariners now have one remaining arbitration-eligible player, right-handed pitcher Shawn Kelley.
-Chris Coyle, 1090 The Fan
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