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Kendrys Morales | Designated Hitter

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (31) / 6/20/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 225
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Kendrys Morales went 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI on Friday, leading the Royals to a 4-1 victory over the Tigers.
Morales got the Royals on the board with a two-run double off Kyle Lobstein in the first inning and tacked on an RBI knock in the third. He has been extremely impressive in the early going this season, slashing .323/.368/.495 with 20 RBI. May 1 - 11:32 PM

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Kendrys Morales went 3-for-5 with a double and a three-run home run in Tuesday's win over the Indians.

Morales capped off a six-run seventh inning for the Royals with a three-run home run, extending the lead to 9-5 at the time. Morales has gone yard three times this year while knocking in 14 runs and batting a productive .321/.374/.500. His poor 2014 showing seems to be a distant memory at this point.
Apr 28 - 9:45 PM

Kendrys Morales went 2-for-4 with a double, two RBI, and two runs scored as the Royals defeated the Twins 7-1 on Monday.

Morales doubled in a run in the bottom of the sixth to break a 1-1 tie, then knocked in another run with a single in the eighth to make it 5-1 at the time. Morales had a dreary 2014 season but has come out of the gates swinging to start this season, having hit two home runs, knocked in nine runs, and compiled a .358/.424/.566 triple-slash line. Morales has hit safely in 12 of 13 games so far.
Apr 20 - 11:18 PM

Kendrys Morales went 2-for-4 with a solo homer and a walk in Monday's win over the Twins.

The Royals, now 7-0, are the only undefeated team remaining in MLB. Morales is coming off an awful 2014 season, but he's batting .414 (12-for-29) with two homers, three doubles, and five RBI across his first seven games with Kansas City. He has multi-hit games in four straight.
Apr 13 - 7:30 PM

Kendrys Morales went 2-for-5 and hit his first homer as part of the Royals' 4-2 win over the Angels on Friday.

The $17 million contract Morales got over the winter was largely panned, just because it seemed to offer a lot more downside than upside. That still might be the case, but Morales had a solid spring and he's 5-for-16 with three extra-base hits, three walks and three RBI through four regular-season games.
Apr 11 - 1:55 AM

Kendrys Morales went 1-for-2 with a solo home run as the Royals suffered a 13-2 loss to the Rockies on Thursday.

Morales went yard off of Kraig Sitton in the fifth inning, making it a 10-1 game at the time. The Royals' new DH has three homers in Cactus League play along with a .325 average (13-for-40). Morales, normally dependable, had an uncharacteristic tough season at the plate last season, finishing with a meager .612 OPS. The Royals hope his spring is evidence of a rebound to come.
Mar 19 - 7:25 PM

Kendrys Morales went 1-for-3, hitting his second home run of the spring as the Royals lost in 10 innings to the Angels on Saturday.

Morales clubbed a solo home run in the sixth inning off of Atahualpa Severino, reducing the Royals' deficit to 6-3 at the time. The veteran DH is batting .281 (9-for-32) thus far. If he's able to bounce back from a down year in 2014, he should be a good bet for at least 20 home runs and 75 RBI.
Mar 14 - 7:37 PM

Kendrys Morales went 2-for-4 with a double as the Royals downed the Angels on Sunday.

Morales now has seven hits in 18 at-bats thus far. After posting a disappointing .612 OPS between the Twins and Mariners last season, the Royals will expect his hot start to translate into regular season success.
Mar 8 - 7:34 PM

Kendrys Morales went 2-for-3 with an RBI on Thursday against the Rangers.

Morales went 2-for-4 with a home run in Wednesday's win as well, so he's starting the spring off on the right foot. The Royals signed the slugger to take Billy Butler's place in the DH role. Morales is looking to improve on a sour 2014 campaign in which he compiled a meager .612 OPS with eight home runs.
Mar 5 - 6:05 PM

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

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

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Salvador Perez
2Erik Kratz
1B1Eric Hosmer
2B1Omar Infante
2Christian Colon
SS1Alcides Escobar
2Orlando Calixte
3B1Mike Moustakas
LF1Alex Gordon
CF1Lorenzo Cain
RF1Alex Rios
2Paulo Orlando
3Jarrod Dyson
DH1Kendrys Morales
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Yordano Ventura
2Jason Vargas
3Jeremy Guthrie
4Edinson Volquez
5Danny Duffy
6Kris Medlen
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Greg Holland
2Wade Davis
3Kelvin Herrera
4Jason Frasor
5Luke Hochevar
6Franklin Morales
7Chris Young
8Ryan Madson
9Yohan Pino
10Brandon Finnegan
11Tim Collins