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8 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: 7 | Salary: $5,250,000 | Owned/Started%: 34/2 | Average Draft Position: 192.10

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Agent for Kendrys Morales, Stephen Drew not happy with article


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2014) Agent Scott Boras told CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman about a half dozen or so anonymous team executives and officials broke league rules in a recent article by suggesting low player values for free agents Kendrys Morales and Stephen Drew, issuing critical comments and ultimately hurting their value.

Boras, who is being backed by the players union, intends to pursue a grievance. He could go as far as to urge the league to use subpoena power to unearth the unnamed sources.

"It's a clear violation of the CBA," Boras said in a phone interview. "As many as five executives continue to use ESPN as a conduit to violate the collective bargaining agreement. The bell is rung. Kendrys Morales and Stephen Drew were damaged by these comments."

Boras added there needs to be a "remedy" for the two free agents, which could mean monetary damages. The ESPN article suggests the two free agents were hurt by holding out instead of signing early in free agency. The article also speculated the players stand to receive fairly meager contracts considering their resumes, mostly because of their decisions to delay signing. 

However, MLB COO Rob Manfred disagrees with the story hurt the value of Morales and Drew.

"It is ludicrous, absurd, that one (Internet) report somehow alters the market for players who have been out there for months," Manfred said Saturday night by phone.

However, an MLB official said the league accepted the union's request to launch an investigation into the situation.


Stephen Drew, Kendrys Morales could wait until June to sign


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/15/2014) Scott Boras, the agent for free-agent shortstop Stephen Drew and first baseman Kendrys Morales, said Friday that his clients are willing to wait until after the amateur draft in June to sign a contract, ESPN.com reports.

The purpose of waiting will be to remove the necessity to forfeit a draft pick by signing either player, as teams are required to do after both players declined the qualifying offers presented to them at the beginning of the offseason.

"The system they've been dealt has basically prevented them from free agency," Boras told ESPN.com. "They want to make sure about their next step, whatever that will be. It means either signing a long-term contract now -- and we're still taking offers on those -- or a number of other prospects that could occur after the season starts or in June, after the draft happens. Like any players, they want to play baseball. But they're also looking at the long-term aspect of their careers. This system has placed them not in free agency, but it's placed them in a jail."

Another player who declined a qualifying offer, Braves pitcher Ervin Santana, couldn't find a desirable multiyear deal this offseason and finally inked a deal equal to his qualifying offer this week.


Mariners, Kendrys Morales have continuing dialogue


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/13/2014) While first baseman/designated hitter Kendrys Morales remains a free agent as the season draws closer, baseball people with the Mariners are in favor of the team resigning the free agent, CBSSports.com baseball insider Jon Heyman reports.

General manager Jack Zduriencik told CBSSports.com that there has been continued dialogue with Morales and that the club does not hold a grudge after he declined the team's qualifying offer at the outset of free agency. The two sides still have work to do in negotations, but it wouldn't be surprising to see Morales return to Seattle at this point.


Report: Birds hot after Nelson Cruz, Kendrys Morales


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2/21/2014) The Orioles have struck late in the offseason to improve their team through free agency and could be on the verge of striking again. They are in talks with both outfielder Nelson Cruz and designated hitter/first baseman Kendrys Morales, per FoxSports.com, which is further reporting that a deal could be struck soon.

Cruz could fit a need in left field, where David Lough is considered the current starter. Morales would likely serve as DH over Nolan Reimold.


Report: Birds more interested than ever in Kendrys Morales


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2/21/2014) The Orioles interest in free agent designated hitter/first baseman Kendrys Morales has grown since their signing of Ubaldo Jimenez, a source has told the Baltimore Sun. One reason is that Morales would now only cost them a second-round draft pick.

Also, a shorter deal with an opt-out clause for Morales could be available to the Orioles. Morales has lowered his contract expectations as his wait has lengthened. He could be open to a two-year deal with an opt-out after the first season.


Orioles still seeking upgrade at DH


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2/20/2014) The Orioles are considering several potential designated hitters still on the market, general manager Dan Duquette told MASNSports.com. He added, though, that the team would also explore in-house possibilities.

Duquette's proclamation Thursday could indicate an interest in Kendrys Morales or Nelson Cruz, though the latter would fit it more as a left fielder. Rumors have been rampant that the Birds are not satisfied with David Lough as the starter at that position or Nolan Reimold as the DH.


Scott Boras: Kendrys Morales better than top draft pick


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2/19/2014) Agent Scott Boras continues to work to get free agent first baseman/designated hitter Kendrys Morales signed. He recently spoke about what a fine fit he would be with the Pirates. Boras claimed the top draft pick lost for signing Morales would be less valuable than his client.

"There is a huge failure to evaluate the success ratio that comes with the draft," he told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "Signing Morales is far more valuable."

The draft pick and Morales' lack of defensive versatility has kept him unsigned. He batted .273 with 23 home runs and 80 RBI for Seattle, which plays its home games in a pitcher's park.


Pirates still exploring options at first base


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/18/2014) The Pirates are still exploring options at first base, according to ESPN.

General manager Neal Huntington said he feels good about the team's internal options, but said that wouldn't prevent them from looking outside the organization. "If there’s something that makes us better, and makes sense for us, we’ll still look to do that," Huntington said. The team has been linked to Kendrys Morales, but the two sides haven't reached a deal. They are also keeping tabs on Mets first baseman Ike Davis .

The team heads into camp with Gaby Sanchez as part of a platoon at first. Andrew Lambo, Chris McGuiness and Travis Ishikawa are expected to compete for the second spot in that platoon.


Orioles still in on Kendrys Morales and Nelson Cruz


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/18/2014) The Orioles are still in on first baseman Kendrys Morales and outfielder Nelson Cruz, according to ESPN.

The team just brought in pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez, and are still looking to add more talent. Both players have been linked to Baltimore throughout most of the offseason, but it was unclear whether the Orioles would spend the money.

The team also parted with a draft pick in order to sign Jimenez, so it might be easier for them to sign Morales or Cruz now. 


Agent calls Kendrys Morales 'perfect fit' for Pirates


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/17/2014) Free agent first baseman/DH Kendrys Morales' agent, Scott Boras, seems to be lobbying hard for the Pirates to sign his client, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

"(He's) the perfect fit for the Pirates," said Boras, who added he's spoken with the Pirates.


Report: Mariners could be in mix to re-sign Kendrys Morales


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/17/2014) The Boston Globe reports the Mariners could still be in the mix to re-sign free agent first baseman/DH Kendrys Morales.

The report also states Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette can't get the financial go-ahead to sign Morales, and the Pirates won't part with a draft pick to sign the veteran slugger.


Report: Nelson Cruz, Kendrys Morales likely not Mets-bound


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2/14/2014) The Mets have recently spoken with the agent for free agent outfielder Nelson Cruz, but a match is unlikely, per the New York Daily News, which is further reporting that the team is probably not pursuing Kendrys Morales either.

Views differ on Pirates' interest in Kendrys Morales


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2/14/2014) The Pirates remain interested in free agent first baseman Kendrys Morales, but are waiting for his price to drop into an affordable range, per the Beaver County Times.

The team has been seeking a left-handed hitter at that position. "We simply haven't found the right match," said general manager Neil Huntington.

Major League Baseball analyst Peter Gammons told ESPN, however, that the Pirates are content to maintain their projected first base platoon of Gaby Sanchez and Andrew Lambo. Sanchez batted .254 with seven home runs and 36 RBI in 264 at-bats last season. Lambo, who doubles as an outfielder, boasts mediocre minor league numbers.


Report: Orioles still eyeing Kendrys Morales


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2/12/2014) The offseason inactivity of the Baltimore Orioles could end with the signing of free agent designated hitter/first baseman Kendrys Morales, sources have told the Baltimore Sun. The sources have claimed that the Birds remain interested in Morales.

Morales has been a consistent and strong producer the last two seasons with the Angels and Mariners. He batted .277 with 23 home runs and 80 RBI in Seattle in 2013 and increased his on-base percentage from .320 to .336.


Pirates could look to trade for first baseman


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/9/2014) There is mutual interest between the Pirates and free agent first baseman Kendrys Morales, according to The Boston Globe. But while the Pirates would like to add Morales for the right contract, they could still pursue a first baseman via a trade.

The trade options could include Mets first baseman Ike Davis, Adam Lind of the Blue Jays, Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland, Justin Smoak of the Mariners, and the Red Sox's Daniel Nava and Mike Carp.


Report: Mets have shown interest in Kendrys Morales


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2/6/2014) The Mets have been rumored to be interested in free agent slugger Kendrys Morales, per the Tacoma News Tribune, which is further reporting that no team is close to signing him.

Morales appears destined to be without a team when most teams open training camp. The first baseman/designated hitter batted .277 with 23 home runs and 80 RBI with Seattle in 2013.


Orioles aren't done making offseason moves


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/2/2014) Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said his team isn't done making offseason moves, according to MLB.com.

"I want to say this: We have some more work to do this offseason," said Duquette, who has been talking with several free-agent starters and is hoping to add at least one pitcher to the staff. "We are going to see what we can do between now and when the season starts. If we can get the work done that we've been trying to get done, I think we will have a very competitive team."

While the Orioles still might be interested in signing a DH, which includes Kendrys Morales, it seems the team is more focused on signing a starting pitcher. The Orioles have been rumored to be interested in A.J. BurnettBronson ArroyoErvin Santana and Ubaldo Jimenez.

"We are going to see what we can do to add a veteran pitcher between now and when spring training starts," Duquette said. "We think we have the core of a good staff; a veteran starter would help stabilize the staff and help us get off to a good start. And then some of these young pitchers who we really like should be able to help us later on in the season. But if we can sign a veteran starter, I think that would help us fill out our ballclub."


Brewers not interested in signing Kendrys Morales


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/12/2014) Although the Brewers continue to have a gaping hole in their lineup at first base, general manager Doug Melvin told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel he has no interest in signing free agent Kendrys Morales. Besides Morales seeking a mega-deal, he would cost the Brewers a first-round pick and has played only 59 games at first base the last two seasons.

Orioles' interest in Kendrys Morales could be waning


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/4/2014) The Orioles' interest in free-agent designated hitter Kendrys Morales appears to be waning, MASNsports.com reports. The team is hesitant to surrender a first-round pick by signing a full-time designated hitter.

The Orioles do have some interest, but it seems unlikely they'll wind up signing Morales, who hit .277/.336/.449 with 23 home runs and 80 RBI in 602 at-bats with the Mariners last season.


Royals have interest in Kendrys Morales


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/3/2014) The Royals have interest in free-agent first baseman Kendrys Morales and are considered a "sleeper team" to sign him, MLB.com reports.

Morales would cost the team that signs him a draft pick after declining a qualifying offer from the Mariners in November. He hit .277/.336/.449 with 23 home runs and 80 RBI in 602 at-bats during his only season in Seattle.


Mets' interest in Kendrys Morales, Stephen Drew is tepid


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(12/22/2013) ESPN.com reports that agent Scott Boras has been talking to the Mets about two of his clients, first baseman Kendrys Morales and shortstop Stephen Drew, but the team is not especially interested in signing either player.

The Mets already have a logjam at first base, as they have yet to trade either Ike Davis or Lucas Duda, so they have little need for Morales. They have also indicated if they get a replacement for incumbent shortstop Ruben Tejada, it will likely be by way of a trade rather than a free agent signing.


Orioles could make run at Kendrys Morales


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/19/2013) The Orioles have expressed interest in free agent first baseman Kendrys Morales, according to FOXSports.com. They're unsure about giving up a draft pick to sign him, though.

The market for Morales has been quiet so far this offseason, though the Yankees discussed adding him at one point. The 30-year-old hit .277 with 23 homers and 80 RBI for the Mariners last season.


Yankees looking into Kendrys Morales


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/14/2013) CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reports that the Yankees have discussed bringing free agent first baseman Kendrys Morales aboard to split time at DH and first base. They've heard positive reports about his clubhouse presence.

Morales turned down a qualifying offer from the Mariners earlier this offseason. He hit .277 with 23 homers and 80 RBI during his one season in Seattle.


Kendrys Morales to forego qualifying offer


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(11/11/2013) CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reports that free agent first baseman/designated hitter Kendrys Morales will turn down the Mariners' qualifying offer by Monday's deadline.

Morales hit .277 with 23 home runs and 80 RBI in his first season in Seattle.


Kendrys Morales receives qualifying offer


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(11/4/2013) Mariners designated hitter Kendrys Morales was given a qualifying offer from Seattle Monday and will have seven days to accept or reject the one-year, $14.1 million contract, MLB.com reports. 

Morales was the only of seven free agents for the Mariners to receive a qualifying offer. The 30-year-old Morales homered 23 times this season and was tied for fourth in the American League with 15 game-winning RBI.