Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jack Zduriencik today announced that the club has agreed to terms with first baseman/designated hitter Kendrys Morales and shortstop Brendan Ryan on one-year contracts for the 2013 season. Per club policy, terms of the contracts were not disclosed.
By agreeing to terms with the two players, the Mariners now have one remaining arbitration-eligible player (RHP Shawn Kelley). The Mariners and Kelley have exchanged arbitration salary figures in accordance with the collective bargaining agreement.
Morales, 29, was acquired from the Los Angeles Angels on Dec. 19, 2012 in exchange for LHP Jason Vargas. Morales is a career .281 (455x1620) hitter with 79 home runs and 265 RBI across six Major League seasons (2006-2010, 2012) with the Angels. In 2012, the Cuban native batted .273 (132x484) with 26 doubles, 22 home runs and 73 RBI in 134 games.
Morales had a career-best season in 2009 in which he recorded 43 doubles, 34 home runs, 108 RBI, and finished 5th in the American League MVP voting. He was limited to 51 games in 2010 and missed the entire 2011 season after suffering a fractured lower left leg following his walk-off grand slam May 29, 2010 vs. the Mariners. At the time of his season-ending surgery, Morales ranked amongst the American League leaders batting .290 with 11 home runs and 39 RBI.
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 (not just shortstops) with 45 defensive runs saved. Ryan was named the winner of the 2012 Fielding Bible Award as the Majors best defensive shortstop and was a finalist for the American League Gold Glove Award.