Aug 25, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners designated hitter Kendrys Morales (8) hits a single against the Los Angeles Angels during the 4th inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

MLB Rumors: Yankees emerging as suitor to sign Kendrys Morales

We’ve heard rumors suggesting that the Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers are interested in signing free agent first baseman/designated hitter Kendrys Morales, but the New York Yankees appear to be emerging as a potential suitor.

A few days ago, noise was circulating suggesting Morales could be in play for the Yankees, but some questioned if even the deep-pocketed Bronx Bombers would want to make a move.

But according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, fearing the loss of Carlos Beltran and/or Mark Teixeira who are both dealing with nagging injuries, Morales has become a serious option.

The Yankees have become another potential candidate to obtain Morales with Mark Teixeira’s wrist acting up and Carlos Beltran still out of the lineup with bone spurs in his elbow (though he says he’s feeling no pain after receiving a shot). Morales could rake at Yankee Stadium, particularly from the left side. This is an easy fix for the Yankees because they’ll also have to give up the few good young players they have to land a pitcher at the deadline.

Morales, who along with shortstop Stephen Drew overpriced themselves this Winter is expected to sign with a new team in the coming days, once the Major League amateur draft concludes.

The veteran has been forced to wait for the draft as the draft pick compensation attached to him by the Mariners (a signing team would have had to forfeit a draft pick) is set to expire on June 5th.

Morales reportedly rejected a $30 million dollar contract from the Mariners earlier this offseason.

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