The Seattle Mariners received Robinson Cano, Edwin Dáz, Justin Dunn, and Anthony Swarzak from the New York Mets in exchange for Kelenic, Jay Bruce, Gerson Bautista, Justin Dunn, and $20 million on December 3, 2018.
Jarred Kelenic started the 2019 season with the Class A South Atlantic League’s West Virginia Power. In May, Kelenic was promoted to the Class A-Advanced California League’s Modesto Nuts.
In the 2019 All-Star Futures Game, Kelenic was selected. He received a promotion to the Class AA Texas League’s Arkansas Travelers in August.
He played in 117 games for the three teams, slashing .291/.364/.540 with 23 home runs, 68 RBIs, and 20 base steals. After the season, he was chosen to represent the Peoria Javelinas in the Arizona Fall League.
Due to the minor league season being postponed in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Kelenic did not play in a single game. Instead, he spent the summer at Seattle’s training camp.
Kelenic claimed in February 2021 that the Mariners had kept him in the minors for the whole 2020 season because he had refused to sign a contract extension.
After a video of Mariners CEO Kevin Mather addressing a rotary club became online, he made his remarks.
According to Mather, Kelenic and fellow prospect Logan Gilbert of the Mariners will begin the 2021 season in the minor levels, extending their time under team control before entering free agency.
How Much Does Jarred Kelenic Make?
Jarred Kelenic earns a yearly salary of $706,200 on average.