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21 Kendrys Morales DH
Height/Weight: 6-1/225 | Birthdate: 6/20/1983 | Birthplace: Fomento, Sacti-Spritus, Cuba | Bats/Throws: S/R | Team: Seattle | College: No College | MLB Experience: 8 | Salary: $5,250,000 | Owned/Started%: 37/22 | Average Draft Position: 191.03
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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. 


Report: Kendrys Morales to earn $7.6 million from Twins


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/7/2014) The contract signed by slugger Kendrys Morales with the Twins is for one year and a prorated $12 million, according to MLB.com. That translates to $7.6 million for the rest of 2014.

Morales turned down a $14 million qualifying offer to stay with Seattle after the 2013 season and reportedly rejected a three-year deal worth $30 million made previously by the same team.


Report: Kendrys Morales signs with Twins


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/7/2014) The Twins have come out of left field to sign free agent first baseman Kendrys Morales, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Teams were waiting until after the draft began to attain Morales so they would not be forced to give up a pick.

Morales had been tied to several teams, including the Brewers, Mariners, Athletics, Yankees and Royals. The Twins had not been considered in the mix.

The 30 year old, who can also play the outfield and will likely see time at designated hitter for the Twins, has been a productive power hitter. He has averaged 26 home runs a year in his only three full seasons in the major leagues and boasts a career stat line of .280/.333/.480.


Report: Rangers in the mix for Kendrys Morales


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/6/2014) The Rangers are considering signing free agent first baseman/designated hitter Kendrys Morales, the Dallas Morning News reports on Friday.

With the first day of the 2014 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of the way, several teams will likely make a push toward signing Morales, who hit 20-plus homers in back-to-back season. Morales hit .277/.336/.449 with 23 home runs and 80 RBI in 602 at-bats last season in Seattle.


Report: Royals considering addding Kendrys Morales


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/2/2014) CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reports that the Royals are considering signing free agent first baseman/designated hitter Kendrys Morales in order to add a spark to their offense. At this point, there have been no serious conversations between the two sides, according to the Kansas City Star.

The Royals own a .305 on-base percentage, which ranks 24th in the majors. Morales hit .277/.336/.449 with 23 home runs and 80 RBI in 602 at-bats last season in Seattle.

Don't sleep on Kendrys Morales


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/2/2014) Maybe in Head-to-Head points leagues, where lineups are small and walks count for something in and of themselves, you could afford to pass up Kendrys Morales on the waiver wire.

But in Rotisserie leagues -- ones of any depth, really -- you'd be crazy to do that.

He will have a job by the end of the week. The only reason he doesn't yet is because no team wanted to give up a draft pick to sign him. Once the draft starts Thursday, though, it'll be moot, and he'll have no shortage of suitors.

After all, he was a 20-homer guy in both 2012 and 2013, his first two seasons after that gruesome leg injury he suffered celebrating a walk-off home run in 2010. His slugging percentage wasn't off the charts those years, but considering he spent them with the Angels and Mariners, he was playing in two of the more pitcher-friendly venues in baseball.

In fact, we have yet to see him play in a hitter's park. Maybe if he signed with the Yankees or the Rangers or the Brewers, he'd get back to being the 34-homer guy he was in 2009. And that would make him worth owning in all formats.


Report: Yankees reach out to Kendrys Morales


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/2/2014) The Yankees have reached out to free agent first baseman/designated hitter Kendrys Morales, reports CBS Sports Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. But the team is thought "to be awaiting the results of Mark Teixeira's medical re-evaluation before making a big play for Morales, who's expected to sign shortly after the MLB Draft begins Thursday," Heyman added.

Morales also may draw interest from the Brewers, Mariners, Rangers and others, the report said.