RUMOR: Kendrys Morales To The Pirates?
According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, there’s mutual interest between the Pirates and Kendrys Morales.
The 30-year-old first basemen batted .277 with 23 home runs and 77 RBI for the Mariners in 2013. He declined the Mariners qualifying offer this winter, so any team that signs him will have to give up a first round pick in the process. The draft pick tied to him–combined with his questionable defense–has made the switch-hitter a far less attractive option this offseason despite his productiveness at the plate.
However, the Pirates have been in desperate need of an offensive option at 1st base and an upgrade from Gaby Sanchez for most of the free agent signing period. They’ve reportedly been linked to Ike Davis, Mike Carp, Adam Lind, and Mitch Moreland, in addition to Morales.
So while Morales to the Pirates like a logical fit, the 1st round pick the Pirates would have to give up could be a big enough blow to deter them away and cause them to upgrade their 1st base position via trade.
If Morales doesn’t sign soon, it’s likely he’ll have to wait for an injury during spring training or after the draft in June to sign with a team.
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