Bad news, Kendrys Morales.
As if the free agent slugger needed any more reminders about how dire his market is looking at this point, the Pittsburgh Pirates would rather try a player they added a week ago at first base than get serious about signing Morales (and giving up the subsequent draft choice).
As reported by Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, manager Clint Hurdle is planning to take a look at Morel at first base after he played primarily third base with the Chicago White Sox last season. The Pirates claimed Morel off of waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays last week.
Toronto was planning on having him work out at second base…First base is something we’re going to explore.”
Morel is a career .229 hitter with 13 career home runs, 10 of which came in the 2011 season when he played 126 games at the big league level. Since that season he has struggled to stay healthy or in the mix, playing only 35 games with the White Sox in 2012 and only 12 games last season.
In that sense you could argue that any assessment of Morel’s career should be considered incomplete until he gets another chance to prove that his power translates at the big league level. That might be what Hurdle and the Pirates are thinking, and that’s fine. But still, if you’re Kendrys Morales…ouch, man. Ouch.