Feeling a bit blue after your team missed out on signing free agent Kendrys Morales? No worries as your favorite team might end up acquiring the first baseman anyhow.
Morales, who signed a one-year contract with the Minnesota Twins last weekend (shocking just about all involved) could be back on the market in the next month or so if the Twins don’t make any noise in the American League Central/Wild Card race, this according to FanGraphs.
“With Morales, the Twins could have available one of the only proven steady bats, and a good number of teams would have interest in that. So then Morales could be sold, and sold for a prospect. If the Twins traded Morales toward the end of July, they could add a prospect for the cost of about $3 million. And if they chipped in greater cost considerations, they could add an even better prospect or two.”
It’s a pretty smooth move for the Twins who hopefully get an impact bat in the middle of their lineup if things go well. If they don’t they they have a solid trade piece, who while he won’t command a high level prospect, would likely bring back a decent return.
That’s likely why the Twins, who reportedly called Morales’ agent just days before he was set to sign, pushed so hard in the final hours to bring him in. It’s essentially the real life version of cheating on your favorite sports video game, signing a big name, highly rated player out of the free agent pool only to trade him for something you really want.