Source: Twins sign Kendrys Morales to one-year deal
MINNEAPOLIS — The Twins reached an agreement with free-agent slugger Kendrys Morales on Saturday, according to a Major League source familiar with the negotiations. The deal is a one-year, $12 million prorated contract worth roughly $7.6 million.
The Twins, however, have not confirmed the deal and an official announcement hasn’t been made. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports was the first to report it.
Morales, 30, was a free agent over the offseason but did not sign with a team after declining a qualifying offer from the Mariners. If another team signed him, they would’ve lost a pick in the First-Year Player Draft but with the Draft already underway, the Twins won’t lose a pick for signing Morales.
The signing comes as a surprise, as the Twins were never heavily linked to the Cuban-born slugger. But they wanted to add power bat to their offense, and Morales certainly brings that.
The switch-hitter batted .277/.336/.449 with 23 homers, 34 doubles and 80 RBIs with the Mariners last year. He played just 31 games at first base while serving as designated hitter in 121 games. The Twins have Joe Mauer at first base so Morales is again expected to see a bulk of his time at DH.
Morales, who also played with the Angels from 2006-2012, is a career .280/.333/.480 hitter with 102 homers, 130 doubles and 165 RBIs in 620 games.