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July 16, 2013

Painting the Black

The Mariners Who May Be Moving

by R.J. Anderson


The Assets

(Listed in descending order of expected impact)

Kendrys Morales

Position: 1B/DH

Age as of Deadline: 30

Bats/Throws: S/R

Half of Salary: $2.625 million

Contract Status: Free agent at season's end

Stats: 380 PA, .280/.337/.463

PECOTA Projection: 240 PA, .271/.323/.458

Ideal Role: First baseman/designated hitter

The last time Morales graced headlines came back in 2010, when he fractured his tibia in a walkoff celebration. The injury cost the switch-hitting first baseman his season, and seemingly veiled him in obscurity. Despite returning strong in 2012, Morales' efforts have gone unnoticed. He's hit .275/.322/.464 against righties and .279/.344/.468 versus lefties, allowing his team to slot him in daily without much expected loss. Morales isn't the 30-homer hitter he teased a few years ago. He's more of an all-around hitter with some average, some walks, and some pop. It may not be enough to earn him headlines, but it does make him a legitimate starting option at first base or DH.

Raul Ibanez

Position: COF

Age as of Deadline: 41

Bats/Throws: L/R

Half of Salary: $1.375 million

Contract Status: Free agent at season's end

Stats: 296 PA, .267/.314/.578

PECOTA Projection: 196 PA, .240/.301/.409

Ideal Role: Designated hitter

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