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  • Report: Twins Agree to Sign Kendrys Morales

    According to Jon Heyman, the Minnesota Twins have agreed to sign 1B/DH Kendrys Morales to a deal. Little is known at this point, and a deal likely will not be able to be completed until after the draft concludes later today. Minutes later, Ken Rosenthal was able to confirm the reports and indicated that the dollars will be a little less than Stephen Drew's, but in the "same ballpark."

    Entering 2010, Morales was a budding star, fresh off a 34 home run season with the Angels and just 26 years old. But following a walk-off grand slam in May, he broke his ankle during the celebration at home plate. The injury was particularly gruesome and took two years to recover. Since returning, he has hit 45 home runs combined with a .275/.329/.457 line over the last two years.

    Morales was one of the top free agent hitter available this offseason. He was still available because the Mariners gave him a “qualifying offer” this offseason which means they offered him a one-year, $14.1 million contract. When Morales turned that down, it meant the Mariners would receive a high draft pick in this year's draft from any team that signed Morales. Teams didn’t want to give up that draft pick, so Morales had to wait until after the draft was over to be free of that obligation that was attached to him. Multiple teams were reported to be interested in him.

    Morales will likely be the full-time designated hitter. He is 30 years old and a switch-hitter, but has had more success batting left-handed versus right-handed pitchers. He can also play first base, but has done so only 59 times in the last two years. Last year, he hit 3rd or 4th for the Mariners.

    Rhett Bollinger reported the agreement is a one-year deal for $12 million and is prorated, so the Twins have committed somewhere around $8M to boost their lineup. Entering today's game, the Twins were 2.5 games out of the Wild Card race, and five games behind Detroit in the AL Central.

    I think most Twins fans will find this surprising. The Twins have certainly shown they are not afraid to deal with Scott Boras. Maybe this is a "sorry for the Pelfrey thing" make up?

    This likely means that Jason Kubel and/or Chris Parmelee, both of whom have really struggled, will be designated for assignment soon.

    Stephen Drew played in the minor leagues for about a week before joining the Red Sox. I would guess that Morales would follow a similar timeline before joining the Twins.

    More information will be shared here as we learn more.
    Comments 245 Comments
    1. JB_Iowa's Avatar
      JB_Iowa -
      Didn't he have draft pick compensation attached until today?

      Assume the draft is over (or close enough to over so it no longer attaches).
    1. drock2190's Avatar
      drock2190 -
      Sweet!
    1. Trautmann13's Avatar
      Trautmann13 -
      This took me by COMPLETE surprise! This means that the Twins have officially put a fork in Kubel, that's all I know.
    1. ChiTownTwinsFan's Avatar
      ChiTownTwinsFan -
      Quote Originally Posted by howeda7 View Post
      The Twins have apparently signed him. New DH or sign that Arcia's injury is significant?


      http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2014/0...-to-terms.html
      My guess? Kubel is gone; and maybe Parms, too?
    1. bulldozier14's Avatar
      bulldozier14 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Trautmann13 View Post
      This took me by COMPLETE surprise! This means that the Twins have officially put a fork in Kubel, that's all I know.
      Good riddance.
    1. PseudoSABR's Avatar
      PseudoSABR -
      Wow.
    1. PseudoSABR's Avatar
      PseudoSABR -
      Wonder how long this was in the works? Since the Arcia and Hammer injury?
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      You can view the page at http://www.twinsdaily.com/content.ph...endrys-Morales
    1. Shane Wahl's Avatar
      Shane Wahl -
      Kubel has to be done and Parmelee is on his last legs now.
    1. howeda7's Avatar
      howeda7 -
      Quote Originally Posted by ChiTownTwinsFan View Post
      My guess? Kubel is gone; and maybe Parms, too?
      Kubel's done. Maybe he can stay around as a 'veteran presence' consultant. I know Gardy values that.
    1. stringer bell's Avatar
      stringer bell -
      With Arcia, Hammer and Morales, the corners are covered and so is DH. The only thing that scares me is will this mean that the Twins hold on to all their veterans all season?
    1. PseudoSABR's Avatar
      PseudoSABR -
      Quote Originally Posted by stringer bell View Post
      With Arcia, Hammer and Morales, the corners are covered and so is DH. The only thing that scares me is will this mean that the Twins hold on to all their veterans all season?
      Well, Hammer and Correia were the only likely veterans to be traded; and I'm not sure either would have fetched much value. That Willingham doesn't have a viable replacement doesn't bode well for him being traded. As for Morales, I'm really curious about the terms; the contract may extend past this year.
    1. notoriousgod71's Avatar
      notoriousgod71 -
      YES! We have our center fielder!
    1. Gernzy's Avatar
      Gernzy -
      Is this real life? Good to see the Twins spending some money when we need another bat.
    1. notoriousgod71's Avatar
      notoriousgod71 -
      It's like making a trade!
    1. JB_Iowa's Avatar
      JB_Iowa -
      • Morales to #Twins confirmed. One-year deal. Dollars less than Drew but "in ballpark," source says. First reported: @JonHeymanCBS


        On a 1-year deal wouldn't that mean somewhere around $8 million?

    1. drivlikejehu's Avatar
      drivlikejehu -
      Bizarre move. It means less ABs for Pinto, which is a negative.
    1. Winston Smith's Avatar
      Winston Smith -
      I just fell out of my chair. Shocked!
    1. PseudoSABR's Avatar
      PseudoSABR -
      Quote Originally Posted by drivlikejehu View Post
      Bizarre move. It means less ABs for Pinto, which is a negative.
      You did see that Danny Santana is DHing today?
    1. JB_Iowa's Avatar
      JB_Iowa -
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