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Kendrys Morales | Designated Hitter | #25

Team: Toronto Blue Jays
Age / DOB:  (33) / 6/20/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 225
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2004 / UDFA / LAA
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Blue Jays GM Ross Atkins said Kendrys Morales could see a "good deal" of time at first base this season.
Atkins admitted the Morales signing makes it "slightly less likely" that the team will re-sign Edwin Encarnacion, who started 74 games at first base this past season. Morales was used almost exclusively at DH in 2016, seeing just seven games at first base and five in right field. Obviously it would be a big boost to Morales' fantasy value if he can gain eligibility at first base. Morales' 30 home runs this year were his most since 2009. Nov 19 - 6:15 PM
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Blue Jays signed DH Kendrys Morales to a three-year, $33 million contract.

The deal was reported a week ago and has now become official. Morales batted .277/.344/.476 with 52 home runs and 199 RBI over the last two seasons for the Royals. He's not a great bet to age well into his mid-30s but should have another season or two of fine production left in his bat as the Jays' primary designated hitter.
Nov 18 - 2:11 PM

Christopher Meola reports that the Blue Jays have signed Kendrys Morales to a three-year, $33 million contract.

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal and Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports have confirmed the report. Heyman adds that while Edwin Encarnacion is capable of playing first base, him re-signing with the Blue Jays "seem less likely" now. Morales will turn 34 next June and is limited to designated hitter duty, but he batted .277/.344/.476 with 52 home runs and 199 RBI over the last two seasons for the Royals and should be a potent bat for another couple years.
Nov 11 - 4:08 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Blue Jays are "making a push" for Kendrys Morales.

Rosenthal notes that it's "unclear" what the Jays' pursuit of Morales means for their chances of re-signing Edwin Encarnacion and/or Jose Bautista. Encarnacion's agent, Paul Kinzer, said in an interview Thursday that Toronto's offer for his client was "not where the camp wanted it to be." Morales would be a solid consolation prize, as he batted .263/.327/.468 with 30 homers and 93 RBI for the Royals in 2016.
Nov 11 - 2:56 PM

Royals general manager Dayton Moore confirmed Tuesday that the club has "definite interest" in re-signing Kendrys Morales.

The Royals didn't extend a one-year, $17.2 million qualifying offer to Morales on Monday, but they are open to bringing him back at a more reasonable rate. However, they are going to face plenty of competition after he batted .263/.327/.468 with 30 homers and 93 RBI over 154 games this past season. He figures to land a multi-year deal in free agency.
Nov 8 - 2:49 PM

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Yankees have inquired on free agent Kendrys Morales.

Sherman notes that the Yankees did so as a hedge in case they are able to trade Brian McCann. As of now, McCann projects to serve as the primary designated hitter next season, so there won't be room for both of them. Morales didn't receive a qualifying offer from the Royals on Monday and appears in line to receive a multi-year deal this winter. The 33-year-old batted .263 with 30 homers and a .795 OPS this past season. Sherman hears that the Red Sox and Blue Jays have also reached out to Morales.
Nov 8 - 10:40 AM

Kendrys Morales will not be given a one-year, $17.2 million qualifying offer from the Royals.

Morales should be able to net a multi-year contract this winter after hitting .277/.344/.476 with 52 home runs and 199 RBI over the last two seasons for the Royals. However, he's almost surely not going to get an AAV of $17.2 and could have accepted the Royals' offer had they extended one. As it is, he'll now be able to seek a new deal without being attached to draft pick compensation.
Nov 7 - 4:30 PM

Kendrys Morales declined his portion of an $11 million mutual option for 2017.

Morales will look to net a multi-year contract this winter after batting .277/.344/.476 with 52 home runs and 199 RBI over the last two seasons for the Royals. He's 33 and is limited to designated hitter duty but should have a market this offseason.
Nov 4 - 2:59 PM

Kendrys Morales slugged a three-run homer in Monday’s win over the White Sox.

It was the big blow in a four-run fifth inning against Carlos Rodon. Morales now has nine homers and 29 RBI over his last 19 games. He’s one homer away from reaching the 30-mark for the first time since 2009.
Sep 19 - 5:21 PM

Kendrys Morales finished 3-for-5 with four RBI in the Royals' 10-3 romp of the White Sox on Sunday.

Morales had an RBI single in the bottom of the first inning, an RBI double in the bottom of the fourth, and a two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth. The home run was his 28th of the year, and his RBI total is now up to 85. The veteran designated hitter has been scorching hot since late August, and it seems to be flying somewhat under the radar.
Sep 18 - 5:35 PM

Kendrys Morales went 1-for-4 with two RBI in a loss to the White Sox on Friday.

He singled to right field to drive in Paulo Orlando and Lorenzo Cain in the first inning. Those were the only runs his team would score all night. Morales is a streaky hitter who has been hot lately. Overall he is batting .258 with 26 homers and 74 RBI.
Sep 10 - 12:46 AM

Kendrys Morales finished 3-for-4 with a homer Wednesday in the loss to the Twins.

Morales has four homers the last three days, and he's up to 26 for the year. He's not going to finish with the same kind of numbers he did during his really impressive 2015 season, but he's been rock solid these last couple of months.
Sep 7 - 11:50 PM

Kendrys Morales homered twice and racked up five RBI as the Royals poured it on late in a 10-3 win over the Twins on Tuesday.

Morales got the Royals on the board with a two-run dong in the first inning, and his three-run blast in the ninth was part of a seven-run onslaught that tilted the scales in favor of KC. The 33-year-old is the owner of a nine-game hitting streak in which he's 14-for-38 with five homers, 14 RBI and 10 runs scored. Morales has 25 home runs and 72 RBI with a .254/.322/.454 line overall.
Sep 7 - 12:11 AM

Kendrys Morales went 2-for-2 with a solo homer and two walks in Friday’s win over the Twins.

Morales made his return to the lineup Friday after serving a one-game suspension for returning the field following an ejection on August 2. The homer was his 19th of the year. He’s batting .248/.319/.434 through 107 games.
Aug 13 - 1:18 AM

Kendrys Morales has dropped the appeal of his one-game suspension.

He'll serve it Thursday night against the White Sox. It probably would have been a game off for him anyway. Morales was handed the one-game suspension from Major League Baseball last Thursday for coming back on the field after being ejected last Tuesday.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: Morales' absence will afford Jarrod Dyson the chance to lead off with the Royals moving Cheslor Cuthbert to the #3 spot ahead of Eric Hosmer. Dyson has accrued 17.8% of his FPs via SBs, and he's the owner of a .800 OBP in 11 PAs against Miguel Gonzalez (2 SBs). This gives him a very nice ceiling relative to his DFS price industry wide, especially when you consider that Dioner Navarro has already allowed 34 SBs this year on 43 attempts.
Aug 11 - 3:59 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Russell Martin
2A.J. Jimenez
3Michael Ohlman
1B1Steve Pearce
2Justin Smoak
2B1Devon Travis
SS1Troy Tulowitzki
2Darwin Barney
3Lourdes Gurriel
3B1Josh Donaldson
2Ryan Goins
LF1Melvin Upton
CF1Kevin Pillar
2Ezequiel Carrera
3Dalton Pompey
RF1Darrell Ceciliani
DH1Kendrys Morales
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Marco Estrada
2Aaron Sanchez
3Marcus Stroman
4J.A. Happ
5Francisco Liriano
6Casey Lawrence
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Roberto Osuna
2Jason Grilli
3Joe Biagini
4Aaron Loup
5Chris Smith
6Ryan Tepera
7Matt Dermody
8Danny Barnes
9Dominic Leone
10Leonel Campos
11Jarrett Grube
12Brett Oberholtzer
13Glenn Sparkman