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Kendrys Morales | Designated Hitter | #8

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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Kendrys Morales went 2-for-3 and hit his second homer Monday in leading the Blue Jays to a 4-3 win over the Red Sox.
One wonders how a team comprised solely of Cuban defectors would be faring in the World Baseball Classic right now. Morales would likely be making an impact from the DH spot; he's 9-for-19 with a 1.474 OPS this spring. Mar 13 - 4:10 PM

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Kendrys Morales went 2-for-3 against the Twins in Saturday's loss.

The veteran started at designated hitter today and is expected to see some time at first base this season as well. He could see an uptick in run production after joining the Blue Jays as a free agent this winter. He had a .263 batting average with 30 home runs and 93 RBI in 2016.
Mar 4 - 4:36 PM

Kendrys Morales went 2-for-2 with a homer and two RBI against the Phillies on Sunday.

Morales figures to get a ton of RBI chances hitting cleanup behind Josh Donaldson and Jose Bautista this year. We think the Jays erred in committing $33 million to him in a market saturated with first base and DH options, but he could prove fairly valuable for fantasy purposes.
Feb 26 - 5:12 PM

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.
Source: Sportsnet
Sat, Nov 19, 2016 06:15:00 PM

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.
Fri, Nov 18, 2016 02:11:00 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.
Fri, Nov 11, 2016 04:08:00 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.
Fri, Nov 11, 2016 02:56:00 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.
Tue, Nov 8, 2016 02:49:00 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.
Tue, Nov 8, 2016 10:40:00 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.
Mon, Nov 7, 2016 04:30:00 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.
Fri, Nov 4, 2016 02:59:00 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.
Mon, Sep 19, 2016 05:21:00 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.
Sun, Sep 18, 2016 05:35:00 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.
Sat, Sep 10, 2016 12:46:00 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.
Wed, Sep 7, 2016 11:50:00 PM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Russell Martin
2Jarrod Saltalamacchia
3Juan Graterol
4Michael Ohlman
1B1Justin Smoak
2Steve Pearce
2B1Devon Travis
2Ryan Goins
3Gregorio Petit
SS1Troy Tulowitzki
2Darwin Barney
3Lourdes Gurriel
4Richard Urena
5Jake Elmore
3B1Josh Donaldson
LF1Melvin Upton
2Ezequiel Carrera
3Jose Tabata
CF1Kevin Pillar
2Dalton Pompey
3Anthony Alford
RF1Jose Bautista
2Darrell Ceciliani
DH1Kendrys Morales
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Marco Estrada
2Aaron Sanchez
3Marcus Stroman
4J.A. Happ
5Francisco Liriano
6Mat Latos
7T.J. House
8Casey Lawrence
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Roberto Osuna
2Jason Grilli
3Joe Smith
4Joe Biagini
5Aaron Loup
6Ryan Tepera
7J.P. Howell
8Glenn Sparkman
9Brett Oberholtzer
10Danny Barnes
11Gavin Floyd
12Dominic Leone
13Lucas Harrell
14Matt Dermody