For months we’ve heard the Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers were interested in signing free agent slugger Kendrys Morales. Their interest seemingly remained when more teams like the Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees expressed interest, though, it was the Minnesota Twins – a team never linked to Morales – who ended up signing him on Saturday afternoon.
One of the more marquee free agents this past offseason, Morales seemed to out-price himself in the market leading to the first baseman/designated hitter to sit out the first few months of the season as he had draft pick compensation attached to himself.
Given that, any team (outside of the Mariners, his former team) that signed him would have had to forfeit a draft pick in addition to the money they’d have to pay him. Clearly, it wasn’t worth it given the price tag.
Speaking of – what type of bargain did the Twins get by waiting so long to sign Morales? Well, not much of one at all.
Morales signed a ‘pro-rated’ one-year, $12 million dollar contract which essentially turns into a little more than a half season at $7.6 million dollars.
It’s by no stretch cheap, though considering he would have made a similar number had he signed with a rival team, it was fair market value.
Minnesota fans won’t have to wait long to see their new player play either as the Twins and Morales both agreed to skip a trip to the minor leagues as Morales, who has been working out, doesn’t feel he needs to shake off any rust.