Out of the ‘you didn’t see this coming’ category, the Minnesota Twins have apparently reached an agreement with Kendrys Morales. Yes, that Kendrys Morales.
Kendrys Morales reached agreement with the #Twins
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) June 7, 2014
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) June 7, 2014
Morales is a switch-hitting first baseman/designated hitter and last played for the Seattle Mariners last season. Last season Morales had a slash line of .277/.336/.449/.785 with 23 home runs and 80 RBI.
Before his tenure with Seattle, Morales played six seasons with the Los Angeles Angels. 2009 is Morales’ career season when he finished fifth in American League MVP voting after hitting .306 with 34 home runs and 108 RBI.
The move is a very rare ‘big’ move for the Twins. Morales was part of a big three of free agents this offseason with Stephen Drew and Ervin Santana. All three are now signed with Drew’s signing with Boston last week. Santana is with the Atlanta Braves.
The move might signal the end of Jason Kubel’s comeback with the Minnesota Twins. The primarily DH has struggled greatly as of late.
Also, Morales has played in the outfield 18 times in his MLB career, I’d keep an eye on that.