Dipoto says M's offer to Kelenic was over a yr agoFebruary 23, 2021 | 06:42 AM
Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto said Tuesday that the team's six-year contract offer to top prospect Jarred Kelenic came over a year ago.
Analysis: Former Mariners president Kevin Mather revealed the information about the contract offer (among other more offensive things) in the now-infamous Bellevue Rotary Club appearance, but Dipoto tried to provide more context on Tuesday. He also tried to defend the team against accusations of service time manipulation, saying that it's a hard case to make with a player who has only played 21 games above High-A. Of course, it's a little convenient to say that coming off a year where there were no minor league games at all, but we digress. Still, it's going to a look a little curious if Kelenic ends up being called up in late-April, which Mather hinted at in his disastrous Rotary Club appearance. One way to rectify this situation would be to carry Kelenic on the Opening Day roster if he deserves it based on merit and talent, but what do we know?