While Kendrys Morales has been reportedly drawing interest from the Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers, the New York Yankees emerged as a suitor in recent days, especially after first baseman Mark Teixeira suffered a recurrence of injury to his wrist.
Understandably, the Yankees are waiting to hear from doctors about the status of Teixeira’s surgically repaired wrist, but the slugger didn’t sound optimistic lately, suggesting that he was ‘back to square one’.
That has lead the Yankees to reach out to Morales, at least according to Jon Heyman who suggested the Bronx Bombers had already let Morales know of their interest.
“While the Yankees are believed to have reached out to free-agent 1B/DH Kendrys Morales, they also are thought to be awaiting the results of Mark Teixeira’s medical re-evaluation before making a big play for Morales, who’s expected to sign shortly after the MLB Draft begins Thursday.”
Morales isn’t likely to command much more than a one year contract considering he’ll be looking to re-build his value going into the offseason, so it would be a relatively inexpensive and smart investment for the Yankees assuming Morales is interested in signing and Teixeira’s wrist keeps him out of action for a while.
Of course, I’m venturing to guess fellow American League foes aren’t going to allow the Yankees to easily swoop in and put Morales in pinstripes so expect a handful of other teams to challenge the Yankees for the first baseman’s services.
Much of the decision may stem from the medical results surrounding Teixeira’s wrist.