The Seattle Mariners are trying to clean up the mess of team president Kevin Mather, who resigned after making objectionable remarks about players of foreign origin, and especially in relation to former Mets prospect Jared Celtic in the service-time Admitted to engage in manipulation.
Mariners GM Jerry Depot on Monday apologized to the players for Mather’s insensitive remarks, but the effort was not quite grounded.
“Strange,” Kalinic Told USA Today. “It was literally like someone in the church farted. It is the exact expression on everyone’s face. “
Kellnick, 21, is considered one of the top five prospects in baseball, but Mather said on a zoom call to the Belvette Breakfast Rotary Club that the Mariners wanted the outfielder to “get a few more bats in the minor leagues”. After the disclosure, Kellnick turned down a long-term contract offer. It also said that the team was not “starting the service time clock” by bringing in young players at the end of last season. The manipulation entry by Mather has rebuffed big-league players, including Yankees ace Gerrit Cole and Mets outfielder Michael Conforto.
Kellinic and his agent, Brody Scaffield, confirmed to USA Today that Kellnick refused to sign a contract extension about 14 months ago, and believes he is being punished for it. Schofield said the Mariners told Kellenik that he made his MLB debut in 2020 and that he had signed the deal.
“It wasn’t just a one-time conversation for me. This was told to me many times, ”Kalinik told the paper. “This is the honest truth of God. It became old. “
Dipoto rejected USA Today’s comment about Kalinick’s statement. Dipoto told reporters on Tuesday that the kelnik would be kept in minors for development purposes only.
Seattle ended the 2020 season 27–33 layoffs, two games behind the Houston Astro for a playoff berth. Kellinic says he knows “for a fact” that he may have helped the Mariners during his postmen push.
“Can’t be given that opportunity was beyond disappointment,” said Kellinic, whom the Mets drafted at No. 6 in 2018 before being traded to the Robinson Cano / Edwin Diaz deal. “I think people should be rewarded for their play, and to be the best people on the field, especially when you talk about a team that hasn’t gone to the playoffs in 20 years, and your best prospects. Just sitting there. “
Kalinic says he is now “more motivated” to try to win a championship in Seattle, but it is clear that he is going to take more than an apology to recover the damage that has been done.
“The reason I was so disappointed and disappointed about this whole thing,” Kellinic told the paper, “is that everyone already knows that there is a difference between the front office and the players. When something like this comes to the fore , So it makes that difference bigger.
“It makes that victory more difficult. I felt that we are moving in a positive direction with the team, building a culture, and when it unfolds, it widens that gap.