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21 Kendrys Morales 1B
Height/Weight: 6-1/225 | Birthdate: 6/20/1983 | Birthplace: Fomento, Sacti-Spritus, Cuba | Bats/Throws: S/R | Team: Kansas City | College: No College | MLB Experience: 8 | Salary: $5,250,000 | Owned/Started%: 36/22 | Average Draft Position: 191.03
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Royals officially announce signing of Kendrys Morales


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(12/16/2014) The Royals made their signing of first baseman Kendrys Morales official Tuesday by announcing a two-year contract with a mutual option for 2017. The deal is said to be worth $17 million. 

Morales hit .218 with eight home runs, 20 doubles and 42 RBI in 2014. 


Kendrys Morales agrees to two-year, $17 million deal with Royals


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/11/2014) Free agent Kendrys Morales has agreed to a contract with the Royals, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. Morales is getting a two-year, $17 million deal, which could increase to $18.5 million due to incentives.

The 31-year-old Morales hit .218 with eight home runs, 20 doubles and 42 RBI in 98 games between the Twins and Mariners in 2014. He is a career .271 hitter with a .460 slugging percentage and .784 OPS in 718 games.

Morales has a .281 average, .509 slugging percentage, .825 OPS, three home runs, four doubles and seven RBI in 15 career games at Kauffman Stadium.


Report: Kendrys Morales seeking 'multiple years, substantial dollars'


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/8/2014) According to ESPN.com baseball writer Jerry Crasnick, free agent DH/first baseman Kendrys Morales might be on the market "for a while" again this winter unless his contract expectations change. His agent, Scott Boras, is seeking "multiple years and substantial dollars" for the 31-year-old veteran, an American League source told Crasnick.

Morales hit .218/.274/.338 with eight home runs and 42 RBI in 367 at-bats between the Twins and Mariners last season.


Indians, Royals, Rangers have interest in Kendrys Morales


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11/30/2014) The Indians, Royals and Rangers are taking a look at free-agent first baseman/designated hitter Kendrys Morales, CBSSports.com baseball insider Jon Heyman reports.

The Mariners and Blue Jays are also possibilities for Morales, who hit .218/.274/.338 with eight home runs and 42 RBI in 367 at-bats between the Twins and Mariners last season. The Royals are on the hunt for some to fill the role vacated by Billy Butler, who signed with the A's earlier in November.


Report: Indians expressing interest in Kendrys Morales


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(11/26/2014) The Indians have expressed inerest in DH/first baseman Kendrys Morales

Morales, who split time between the Twins and Mariners last season, hit .218 with 42 RBI.


Kendrys Morales seeking to stay with Mariners


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/24/2014) First baseman Kendrys Morales has expressed satisfaction with playing for the Mariners and an openness to forgo free agency while signing a contract with Seattle.

Morales sat out the first three months of this season before joining the Mariners and making far less money than what was made in the qualifying offer presented by the team.

"If it got to the point where we could work something out before I got to free agency, I'd have an interest in staying," he told the Tacoma News Tribune. "I'm comfortable with the players. I'm comfortable with the direction of the team. Yes, I'd love to stay here."

The question is whether the Mariners are comfortable with him. Morales, who has not driven in a run in his last 11 games as his team has faded in the playoff chase, owns a disappointing stat line of .219/.268/.332 with just seven home runs in 352 at-bats.

"He's a big risk," one rival club official told the News-Tribune. "I doubt he gets more than two (years) after the year he's had."


Kendrys Morales blasts off again in loss to Phillies


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) The first power surge of the season for Mariners first baseman Kendrys Morales continued Wednesday in Philadelphia.

Morales clobbered his third home run in the last seven games to open the scoring in the second inning and added a single to give him nine hits in his last 25 at-bats. He added a walk and now owns a .342 slugging percentage that is at its highest point since June 27.


Kendrys Morales slugs third home run Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/14/2014) Mariners designated hitter Kendrys Morales went 2 for 3 with a walk and a two-run home run in his team's 2-0 victory over the Blue Jays Wednesday.

Morales delivered his blast in the bottom of the first inning, and neither team was able to cross the plate over the remainder of the game. He's now homered in back-to-back games after hitting just one over his first 55 games. Morales has hit .225/.261/.333 with three home runs and 28 RBI in 222 at-bats.


Kendrys Morales slugs second home run Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/13/2014) Mariners designated hitter Kendrys Morales went 2 for 4 with a double and a solo home run in his team's 6-3 win over the Blue Jays.

Morales hit his first home run of the season in his 14th game on June 24. It took him 42 more games to collect his next home run Tuesday. Morales has hit .219/.252/.315 with two home runs and 26 RBI in 219 at-bats.


Kendrys Morales a mess with Mariners


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/1/2014) The struggles of Kendrys Morales in Minnesota have gotten worse since his trade to the Mariners.

Morales has just a single and double in 22 at-bats since arriving in Seattle with one walk and six strikeouts. His stat line on the year has been weakened to .216/.246/.301. He has not homered since June 24.


Kendrys Morales hitting fourth in first game back with M's


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/25/2014) Mariners designated hitter Kendrys Morales is hitting fourth Friday.

Morales was reacquired by Seattle, and was expected to hit in the middle of the order. Kyle Seager moved down to the fifth spot to accomodate Morales. In 154 at-bats, Morales is hitting .234/.259/.325. 


Trade doesn't change much for Kendrys Morales


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/24/2014) Though Kendrys Morales is certainly capable of making a real contribution in Fantasy, he didn't do it in 39 games with the Twins, batting .234 with one home run and a .584 OPS.

And now with his trade to the Mariners, he's going to Safeco Field, a park known to neutralize a hitter or two. Oh noes!

Relax. We already have an idea how Morales will perform in Seattle considering he was just there last year. Of course, you would have rather seen him go elsewhere -- like to a hitter's park for once -- but if he continues to struggle like he did with the Twins, who don't exactly play in a hitter's haven themselves, the venue won't be the reason why.

After waiting half the year to sign with a team, Morales is now paying the price. While every other player is in midseason form, he's still in spring training mode -- or just coming out of it, anyway, having hit safely in 12 of his last 13 games.

Provided the Mariners stick with him every day and don't fit him into some kind of rotation with Logan Morrison and Corey Hart, he's a good bet for some cheap power numbers down the stretch. Maybe the move to a contender will even spark something in him.


Mariners trade for Twins DH Kendrys Morales


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/24/2014) The Mariners acquired DH Kendrys Morales in a trade with the Twins Thursday. Seattle sent pitcher Stephen Pryor to Minnesota in exchange for the veteran slugger.

Morales heads to Seattle having hit safely in 12 of his last 13 games. However, he is batting just .234 with one home run and 18 RBI in 39 games since joining the Twins' lineup June 9.

Morales played for Seattle in 2013, batting .277 with 23 home runs and 80 RBI in 156 games. He has a .287 average, 19 home runs and 69 RBI in 117 games in his career at Safeco Field.


Twins open to trading potential free agents


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2014) The Twins are open to trading DH Kendrys Morales, who signed with the team in early June, and other potential free agents, according to FOX Sports. The list includes Josh Willingham, Kevin Correia and Kurt Suzuki.

Though, the Twins might try to keep Suzuki since few contenders have a need for a catcher.


Twins manager 'not too worried' about Kendrys Morales


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/29/2014) Twins DH Kendrys Morales entered play Sunday at Texas mired in a 7-for-46 slump in his last 12 games, dropping his season average to .225. Despite the struggles, manager Ron Gardenhire is not concerned, per MLB.com.

"He's gonna play, I like his enthusiasm. I like the way he goes about it, I like his presence, his whole package," Gardenhire said. "We need him in there. I'm gonna get a couple guys back here in the next couple of days here ... so if I need to give him a break when those guys get back, I'll be able to do it.

"He put good swings on the ball [Saturday] ... I'm not too worried about Morales. He's got fresh hands, as they say."


Hitters to sit in Week 14


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/29/2014) Planning to start Jason Castro, Kendrys Morales, Gordon Beckham, Matt Dominguez, Jean Segura or Torii Hunter in Fantasy Week 14 (June 30-July 6)? You may want to think twice about that.

Find out why in the latest Start and Sit Hitters.


Kendrys Morales: My timing is off


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/21/2014) Slumping Twins newcomer Kendrys Morales, who is set to make his debut at first base Saturday against the White Sox, admits to current problems at the plate.

"Right now I'm not consistent with my timing," he told the St. Paul Pioneer Press. "But I work here every day hard to get my timing back."

Morales is hitless in his last 19 at-bats. He has not had a hit since Sunday.


Kendrys Morales cools off after torrid start


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/18/2014) A hot late start to the season has been followed by a short cold stretch for Twins designated hitter Kendrys Morales.

Morales wasted no time finding his groove upon signing his free agent contract with nine hits in his first six games. But he is hitless in his last two as his average has fallen from .360 to .273. He hasn't homered for the Twins - all his games have been played outside the vast expanses of Target Field - and his last extra-base hit was on June 11.


Kendrys Morales drives in three runs in third game


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/11/2014) Twins designated hitter Kendrys Morales has been a tough out through his first three games of the season, and he had his best performance yet Wednesday against the Blue Jays.

Morales went 3 for 5 in the game, his second multi-hit performance in a row. He had two doubles and drove in three runs in the 7-2 win, his first of the season.

Morales has made just seven outs in 14 plate appearances since joining the Twins, going 6 for 13 with two runs scored and three RBI in three games. 


Kendrys Morales not an automatic add


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/9/2014) Kendrys Morales is with a major-league team now, which is of course a good thing for his Fantasy value.

But not all major-league teams are the same, and for a player like Morales who has always had the misfortune of playing half his games at a pitcher's park, signing with the Twins isn't exactly a step in the right direction.

He'll certainly matter in Fantasy, as he did last year, when he hit .277 with 23 homers and a .785 OPS for the Mariners, and in 2012, when he hit .273 with 22 homers and a .787 OPS for the Angels. But with the Twins, he's unlikely to take the step forward he might have with the Brewers, Rangers or Yankees.

So what you have is an above-average power hitter with middle-of-the-road hitting skills and minimal on-base ability. At a deep position like first base, that player adds only so much. Certainly in Rotisserie leagues, where more hitters are required and walks don't count for anything, Morales is must-own, but in Head-to-Head points leagues, not necessarily.


Kendrys Morales debuts for Twins


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/9/2014) Kendrys Morales will make his Twins' debut Monday night against the Blue Jays. He's batting sixth and serving as the designated hitter. Last year with the Mariners, Morales had 23 homers and 80 RBI.

Kendrys Morales to debut Monday?


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/9/2014) First baseman Kendrys Morales could make his Twins' debut Monday as the team opens a three-game series at Toronto, repors the Toronto Star. Morales signed Saturday and did not play Sunday.


Kendrys Morales will be available Sunday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/8/2014) Twins first baseman Kendrys Morales will be available Sunday.

Morales signed with the club Saturday, but the team announced the move Sunday. He doesn't have any options left, so he'll be in uniform for Sunday's game. 


Kendrys Morales officially signs with Twins


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/8/2014) The Twins have officially signed Kendrys Morales Sunday.

Morales reached an agreement with the club Saturday, but the team waited to announce the news until after his physical. Morales has sat out all year after not getting an acceptable contract during spring training. 


Kendrys Morales could report straight to majors


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/7/2014) The Twins appear willing to allow newly signed first baseman Kendrys Morales to join the major-league squad without a minor-league assignment, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press Saturday.

Assuming Morales passes a physical, he could join the Twins, and will slot in the middle of the lineup. Morales' deal is expected to be for one-year at a pro-rated value of $12 million.

"We’ve always liked the guy," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "We know he can hit. He’s always been able to hit. A run producer."

Morales hit .277/.336/.449 a year ago for the Mariners, but went unsigned through the first two months of the season as a free agent.