When free agency broke, Kendrys Morales thought he’d have a relatively easy time finding a home. It was an understandable stance considering Morales hit .277 and clubbed 23 home runs last season while playing half of his games in what is known to be a pitchers park.
But Morales has struggled to find a team – partly due to his age (30), partly due to his alleged contractual demands and partly because he has draft pick compensation attached to him given his former team, the Seattle Mariners, offered him a one-year, $14.1 million dollar qualifying offer.
Now with spring training just weeks away and pitchers and catchers already reported for many teams, Morales needs to find a home. It could be with the Pittsburgh Pirates, who according to the Boston Globe, have interest in the first baseman/designated hitter.
Morales fits what the Pirates need, a first baseman/middle of the order hitter. There’s mutual interest, but while the Pirates would love him on the right contract, they may also pursue a first baseman via trade.
Paying Morales what he wants in addition to parting with a draft pick is pretty expensive, so while there might be interest, it’s not known how serious it is on the Pirates end.