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Kendrys Morales | First Baseman

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (31) / 6/20/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 235
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Royals signed DH Kendrys Morales to a two-year, $17 million contract with a mutual option for 2017.
Morales gets $6.5 million in 2015 and $10.5 million in 2016, and he can make up to $750,000 per year in performance-based bonuses. It's a pretty nice deal for a 31-year-old designated hitter who only managed a .218/.274/.338 slash line in 98 games this past season between the Mariners and Twins. Kansas City will be hoping for a big bounceback. Mon, Dec 15, 2014 03:52:00 PM

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Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Royals have signed free agent Kendrys Morales to a two-year, $17 million contract.

The deal also includes around $1.5 million in performance-based bonuses and a mutual option for 2017. Morales batted just .218/.274/.338 with eight homers and 42 RBI in 98 games this past season between the Mariners and Twins, but he's only 31 years old so maybe there's better production ahead. He'll become the Royals' new designated hitter. Billy Butler departed for the A's in November on a three-year, $30 million free agent deal.
Thu, Dec 11, 2014 12:05:00 PM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that Kendrys Morales is looking for a 2-3 contract for "Billy Butler money."

Butler wound up getting more money than expected ($30 million over three years), so we can't rule anything out with Morales. However, he made only $7.41 million on a one-year deal this past season and batted just .218/.274/.338 with eight homers and 42 RBI in 98 games. The Royals and Rangers are reportedly considering the DH.
Mon, Dec 8, 2014 07:41:00 PM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick heard from an AL team official that agent Scott Boras is seeking "multiple years and substantial dollars" for Kendrys Morales.

We've heard this one before. Morales is believed to be drawing interest from multiple clubs, including the Royals and Rangers, but it could be difficult for him to land something better than a one-year deal after batting just .218/.274/.338 with eight homers and 42 RBI in 98 games this past season between the Twins and Mariners.
Mon, Dec 8, 2014 05:02:00 PM

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that several teams are showing interest in free agent Kendrys Morales including the Indians, Royals and Rangers.

Heyman also notes the Mariners and Blue Jays as other potential landing spots for the 31-year-old slugger. After sitting out the first few months of the 2014 campaign, he finished with a paltry .218/.274/.338 slash line with eight homers and 42 RBI in 98 games between the Twins and Mariners.
Sun, Nov 30, 2014 04:51:00 PM

Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the Indians have contacted free agent designated hitter/first baseman Kendrys Morales.

Hoynes writes that Morales could be an option if the Indians manage to unload Nick Swisher. He could also qualify as insurance for Swisher, who had surgery on both of his knees in August. Morales will likely come at a discount after batting just .218/.274/.338 with eight home runs and 42 RBI over 98 games this past season.
Wed, Nov 26, 2014 08:52:00 AM

Kendrys Morales is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Phillies.

Morales started at first base on Monday, but he'll take a seat Tuesday with the DH unavailable under NL rules. Logan Morrison will make the start at first base.
Tue, Aug 19, 2014 03:01:00 PM

Kendrys Morales went 2-for-3 and homered in his second straight game in Wednesday's 2-0 win over the Blue Jays.

He also walked. The veteran's two-run homer in the first turned out to account for all the game's runs. Morales went 5-for-12 (.417) with two doubles and two homers in Seattle's three-game sweep of Toronto, tripling his season round-tripper count over the past 48 hours. Considering how he'd hit prior to this week, Morales is on a major heater. It's time for mixed leaguers to take notice. His slash line is "up" to .226/.262/.335 across 221 at-bats between his work in Minnesota and Seattle.
Thu, Aug 14, 2014 01:01:00 AM

Kendrys Morales went 2-for-4 with a double and a home run in Tuesday's victory over the Blue Jays.

This is the first update we've written about Morales since he was acquired from the Twins on July 24. That should tell you all you need to know about how well he's played since then. This was his first home run since June 24, and just his second overall. Yeah, it's been that kind of season. After getting off to a late start, Morales has slashed an unsightly .219/.252/.315 with 26 RBI in 219 at-bats between Minnesota and Seattle.
Wed, Aug 13, 2014 01:44:00 AM

Mariners acquired 1B/DH Kendrys Morales from the Twins for RHP Stephen Pryor.

Morales is back in Seattle after hitting just .234/.259/.325 in 162 plate appearances with the Twins, who signed him to a prorated one-year, $12 million contract in early June. The 31-year-old tallied 23 home runs and 80 RBI last season for the Mariners and will try to recapture that magic down the stretch. He was given a one-year, $14.1 million qualifying offer from the M's last fall and declined it, leading to his extended unemployment.
Thu, Jul 24, 2014 02:44:00 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Twins are "open to trading" Kendrys Morales.

Well, of course they are. Morales is under contract only for this season and the Twins are well out of the playoff picture, so it makes all the sense in the world to get something for Morales now if they can. While the designated hitter is sporting a lowly .599 OPS, he's picked it up of late with a 12-game hitting streak. The Mariners, Brewers, Yankees and Royals were among the teams pursuing Morales before the Twins signed him, but it's not which if any of those clubs could still have interest in the 31-year-old.
Wed, Jul 23, 2014 01:18:00 PM

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.
Fri, Jul 11, 2014 01:36:00 AM

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.
Thu, Jul 10, 2014 01:40:00 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.
Tue, Jul 1, 2014 11:40:00 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.
Wed, Jun 25, 2014 01:16:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Salvador Perez
2Erik Kratz
3Francisco Peña
1B1Eric Hosmer
2Alex Liddi
2B1Omar Infante
SS1Alcides Escobar
2Orlando Calixte
3B1Mike Moustakas
2Christian Colon
3Ryan Roberts
LF1Alex Gordon
2Terrance Gore
3Mitch Maier
CF1Lorenzo Cain
2Jarrod Dyson
3Lane Adams
4Paulo Orlando
5Reymond Fuentes
RF1Alex Rios
2Jorge Bonifacio
DH1Kendrys Morales
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Yordano Ventura
2Jason Vargas
3Jeremy Guthrie
4Danny Duffy
5Edinson Volquez
6Kris Medlen
7Yohan Pino
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Greg Holland
2Wade Davis
3Kelvin Herrera
4Jason Frasor
5Luke Hochevar
6Tim Collins
7Louis Coleman
8Brandon Finnegan
9Michael Mariot
10Jandel Gustave
11Joe Paterson
12Brian Broderick
13Ryan Madson
14Roman Colon