Updates from Monday, June 9
Kendrys Morales will make his Minnesota debut today against Toronto (via LaVelle E. Neal III of the Star Tribune):
Twins lineup v Jays pic.twitter.com/1WuJVTJK3m— LaVelle E. Neal III (@LaVelleNeal) June 9, 2014
After spending the first part of the season off the field, Kendrys Morales finally has a home with the Minnesota Twins. The team announced the deal on Sunday:
Jon Heyman of CBS Sports first reported the news:
Kendrys Morales reached agreement with the #Twins— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) June 7, 2014
Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports provides a few more details on the deal:
Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com passes along financial information on the contract:
The contract for Kendrys Morales is one-year and prorated $12 million. #MNTwins— Rhett Bollinger (@RhettBollinger) June 7, 2014
To avoid confusion, it's the prorated amount of $12 million per an MLB source. So roughly $7.6 million.— Rhett Bollinger (@RhettBollinger) June 7, 2014
Heyman had previously reported that the New York Yankees, Milwaukee Brewers and Seattle Mariners were in the mix for the first baseman/designated hitter, but it was the Twins who finally completed the deal.
Morales spent the 2013 season with the Mariners and hit .277 with 23 home runs and 80 RBI in 156 games. The previous six years were with the Los Angeles Angels where he amassed 79 home runs and a .281 batting average.
Is this a good deal for the Twins?
While the 30-year-old player has the talent to contribute to any team, he was left off rosters to start the season due to the penalty to sign him. After receiving and declining a qualifying offer of $14.1 million, the next team would be forced to give up a first-round pick in the draft.
With the 2014 MLB draft having taken place this weekend, teams are now free to sign without losing any picks.
Morales will attempt to help a Twins team that is currently in last place in the American League Central. The squad has been inconsistent offensively and could use a proven hitter like Morales.
Matthew Pouliot of NBC Sports breaks down how this will affect the lineup:
Morales should mean no more Kubel, which is a good thing. But it locks Willingham/Arcia into OF corners, which isn't so good.— Matthew Pouliot (@matthewpouliot) June 7, 2014
The Twins will hope that this addition will help the squad climb back up the standings. Considering they are only five games out of first place, a turnaround is possible.
For the Yankees, Brewers and other teams that missed out, it will be hard to find someone else of this ability available.
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