Caterwauling about the Seattle Mariners’ offense reached its typical level Monday morning. The Mariners were shut out Sunday and shut down during three losses in the prior four games when they scored a run total.

Seven runs in Texas on Monday night quelled some of the angst. Yet, a question was often repeated: What about Kendrys Morales?


Morales is a free agent still available after spending last season mostly as an effective designated hitter for Seattle. Morales, 30, hit 23 home runs and had a .785 OPS during 2013, one of his few healthy full seasons in the big leagues. He also moonlighted as a first baseman during more desperate times last year.

Despite multiple attempts by the club to re-sign Morales, he’s not part of the Mariners.

Seattle general manager Jack Zduriencik fielded questions at the end of a meet-and-greet with season-ticket holders on opening night at Safeco Field. He was asked about Morales and said the Mariners had offered him a three-year, $30 million contract, which was declined. The offer was made during last season after the All-Star break.