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Kendrys Morales | Designated Hitter

Team: Seattle Mariners
Age / DOB:  (31) / 6/20/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 235
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
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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. Jul 24 - 2:44 PM

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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.
Jul 23 - 1:18 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.
Jul 11 - 1:36 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.
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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Mike Zunino
2Jesus Sucre
1B1Logan Morrison
2B1Robinson Cano
SS1Brad Miller
2Chris Taylor
3B1Kyle Seager
2Willie Bloomquist
LF1Dustin Ackley
2Endy Chavez
3Stefen Romero
CF1James Jones
2Franklin Gutierrez
RF1Michael Saunders
DH1Kendrys Morales
2Corey Hart
3Jesus Montero
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Felix Hernandez
2Hisashi Iwakuma
3James Paxton
4Roenis Elias
5Chris Young
6Blake Beavan
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Fernando Rodney
2Danny Farquhar
3Yoervis Medina
4Charlie Furbush
5Tom Wilhelmsen
6Joe Beimel
7Dominic Leone
8Brandon Maurer