Sep 27, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners designated hitter Kendrys Morales (8) rounds the bases after hitting a solo-home run against the Oakland Athletics during the sixth inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

New York Yankees interested in signing Kendrys Morales

The New York Yankees are determined to add some thunder to their lineup, a lineup that was void of much pop during the 2013 season.

And while names like Brian McCann and Carlos Beltran have been linked to the Bronx Bombers, it’s possible the Yankees may try to sneak in some under the radar type moves, like signing Kendrys Morales.

The first baseman/designated hitter recently declined the Seattle Mariners’ $14.1 million dollar qualifying offer in hopes of securing a long term deal, but signing Morales wouldn’t come cheaply to the Yankees as they’d be required to forfeit a draft pick considering Morales was tendered the QO from Seattle.

Add Kendrys Morales to the long list of free agents the Yankees are talking about. The Yankees have positive reports about his clubhouse presence, and could see using him at DH and first base. The Yankees’ scouts suggest he can play first base well.

Regardless, it could still be a move worth exploring as the Yankees aren’t exactly known for their minor league system and the draft pick isn’t as valuable to them as it is to smaller market teams.

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  • Far Away Fan

    The Pirates will reportedly non-tender Garrett Jones. Despite his poor season (the worst of his career) in 2013 he’s a better fit. He plays corner outfield as well as first base and hit 27 home runs as a platoon player in 2012. His swing is tailor made for the short porch in right field at Yankee Stadium. He’s also 30 years old.

    When the Pirates first approached the Yankees about AJ Burnett but didn’t want to pay his salary the Yankees asked for Jones and were turned down flat. At the time Pirates fans speculated that Jones could easily hit 30 HR and knock in 100 RBI a year in Yankee Stadium. Despite his 2013 numbers I think there is still a lot of validity in that.

  • Thomas Katona

    Yanks should have gotten Morales last year. Good player but what about Tex ? Don’t know how he will come back from surgery. Best defensive first baseman in league. Tough decision cause of the money but yanks seem money isn’t a problem so far this off season.