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Kendrys Morales | Designated Hitter

Team: Minnesota Twins
Age / DOB:  (31) / 6/20/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 235
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
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Kendrys Morales enjoyed his return to Seattle, going 1-for-4 with a double and two RBI to finish off a big series in Thursday's 4-2 victory.
The veteran's two-run fifth inning double proved to be the difference. Morales entered this series batting just .216, but he hit safely in all four games, going 5-for-15 (.333) with three doubles and five RBI. His slash line is getting better by the day, though it still looks gruesome at .231/.252/.325. Jul 11 - 1:36 AM

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Kendrys Morales drove in three runs against his former team to help the Twins thump the Mariners 8-1 on Wednesday.

Morales had an RBI double in the first, a sacrifice fly in the second, and ended up on second on Logan Morrison's error in the fourth, a miscue which allowed a pair of runners to cross the plate. Morales his hit safely in each of the first three games of this series; perhaps returning to Seattle has finally awoken his bat. The veteran is now slashing a meager .232/.254/.321 with one homer and 14 RBI in 29 games for the Twins.
Jul 10 - 1:40 AM

Kendrys Morales went 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored in Tuesday's victory over the Royals.

The three-hit game was overdue for the first baseman, whose average had slipped to .215 before Tuesday's outburst. Morales singled in a run in the third inning before scoring in the Twins' five-run sixth inning. The multi-hit game was just his second since June 11, and even with the good night Morales is batting just .238/.270/.333. Look for those numbers to pick up as he continues to get back into the swing of things.
Jul 1 - 11:40 PM

Kendrys Morales hit his first homer as a Twin on Tuesday against the Angels.

Josh Willingham took Angels' starter C.J. Wilson deep in the second inning, and Morales quickly followed with his first long fly since September 27. The veteran finished 1-for-3 with two RBI, also chipping in an RBI sac fly. Morales has had a strange beginning to his Twins' career, which perhaps could have been expected when he signed in mid-June and was immediately thrust into the starting lineup. He went 9-for-25 (.360) in his first six games, then entered Tuesday in an ugly 2-for-26 skid over his next seven contests. Prior to tonight, he hadn't clubbed an extra-base hit since his third game with the team on June 11. Hopefully Morales has started to slough off the rust wrought by a longer-than-usual winter.
Jun 25 - 1:16 AM

Kendrys Morales delivered an RBI single in Saturday's win over the White Sox.

His fifth-inning single snapped an 0-for-21 hitless streak. Morales, who made his first start of the season at first base Saturday, is batting just .213/.275/.277 through 12 games with the Twins and has yet to collect his first home run. While he would have been more attractive in fantasy leagues in a hitter-friendly park, we expect the power to come around as he begins to shake the rust.
Jun 21 - 5:27 PM

Kendrys Morales will make the start at first base Saturday against the White Sox.

Morales has been used exclusively as the designated hitter until now, but he's ready to play the field for the first time this season. Joe Mauer will slide into the DH spot Saturday.
Jun 21 - 12:00 PM

Kendrys Morales went 2-for-5 with a double and a run scored in Tuesday's win over the Blue Jays.

Morales continued to impress in his second game as a member of the Twins. Batting fifth behind Josh Willingham as the DH, he reached on an infield single and scored in the fourth inning, then doubled and was stranded in the fifth.
Jun 10 - 10:30 PM

Kendrys Morales went 1-for-3 with a walk in his Twins debut Monday against the Jays.

He then left for a pinch-runner, though it didn't cost him an at-bat. Morales was hitting sixth tonight. If he finds his swing quickly and proves to be his usual steady self, he could move up to fourth or fifth in the lineup.
Jun 10 - 12:08 AM

Kendrys Morales is batting sixth and DHing in his Twins debut Monday night against the Blue Jays.

Morales signed a one-year contract worth $7.6 million (prorated) on Friday with Minnesota and will be the club's new regular designated hitter. He had 23 homers and 80 RBI in 156 games last season with the Mariners and should be owned in all standard mixed fantasy leagues.
Jun 9 - 3:41 PM

Twins signed DH Kendrys Morales to a one-year, prorated $12 million contract.

He'll receive about $7.6 million in the prorated deal. Morales is in uniform and available off the bench for the Twins on Sunday. He'll serve as the Twins' everyday designated hitter, replacing Jason Kubel. Morales hit .277/.336/.449 with 23 homers and 80 RBI last season for the Mariners.
Jun 8 - 11:36 AM

A source tells Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press that Kendrys Morales will skip a minor league rehab assignment and report directly to the Twins upon passing his physical.

Despite not having taken a single at-bat this season, it seems Morales will be thrust directly into the Twins' lineup. The Twins aren't planning to announce anything regarding a deal until the physical is passed, so Morales won't likely join the team until Monday or Tuesday at the earliest. There may be some initial rust, but he's a must-add in any mixed leagues where he's still available.
Jun 7 - 7:28 PM

The Twins and Kendrys Morales have agreed to a one-year contract worth a prorated portion of $12 million.

That means that Morales, pending he passes his physical, will earn in the neighborhood of $7.6 million this season. No word yet on what a corresponding roster move may be once he does sign, but Jason Kubel is a candidate to be designated for assignment.
Jun 7 - 3:40 PM

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Twins have reached an agreement with free agent Kendrys Morales.

No word yet on the terms or financial details of the contract. He makes for a very nice addition to a struggling Twins offense. He should see plenty of time as the designated hitter in the Twins lineup, which would cut into the playing time of Jason Kubel quite considerably.
Jun 7 - 3:04 PM

Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas reports that the Rangers are one of several teams who have expressed interest in free agent slugger Kendrys Morales.

The market for Morales has heated up substantially, now that the draft has begun and he's no longer tied to draft pick compensation. The Mariners, Brewers, Yankees and Royals have also been mentioned as possible suitors.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Jun 6 - 7:49 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman writes that Kendrys Morales will "likely" sign with a team within the next day or so.

This isn't unexpected, as teams will be able to sign Morales without giving up a draft pick after Thursday's First-Year Player Draft gets underway. Heyman hears that Scott Boras declined the Yankees' request to wait a few days while they monitor the progress of Carlos Beltran and Mark Teixeira, so teams like the Brewers and Mariners might be best-positioned to make a deal. For what it's worth, Heyman hears that a "mystery team" is also in the mix. Look for some resolution soon.
Jun 5 - 4:52 PM

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C1Kurt Suzuki
2Eric Fryer
3Chris Herrmann
1B1Joe Mauer
2Chris Colabello
2B1Brian Dozier
SS1Danny Santana
2Eduardo Escobar
3B1Trevor Plouffe
2Eduardo Nunez
LF1Josh Willingham
CF1Sam Fuld
RF1Oswaldo Arcia
2Chris Parmelee
DH1Kendrys Morales
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S1Ricky Nolasco
2Phil Hughes
3Kevin Correia
4Kyle Gibson
5Kris Johnson
6Mike Pelfrey
Relief Pitcher
R1Glen Perkins
2Jared Burton
3Casey Fien
4Brian Duensing
5Anthony Swarzak
6Caleb Thielbar
7Matt Guerrier
8Samuel Deduno