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Angels will tender a contract to Kendrys Morales

Dec 10, 2011, 7:03 PM EDT

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There’s been some talk, in the wake of the Albert Pujols signing, that Anaheim might non-tender Kendrys Morales prior to Monday’s deadline.

But Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto and manager Mike Scioscia put that idea to rest on Saturday afternoon during a press conference introducing both Pujols and lefty C.J. Wilson.

This according to’s Alden Gonzalez.

Morales sat out the entire 2011 season due to lingering issues with his surgically-repaired left ankle and is not a lock to ever return to his elite slugger status, but he should only cost around $4 million as a second-year arbitration-eligible player in 2012. So it’s not like the Halos are taking a major financial risk. If the 28-year-old Cuban is able to finally heal and revitalize his career, he could make for superb mid-summer trade bait. Or, he could see regular action at DH.

Morales batted .306/.355/.569 with 34 home runs and 108 RBI in 152 games for the Angels in 2009.

  1. 78mu - Dec 10, 2011 at 7:59 PM

    I’ve always liked him and hopes he comes back 100%.

  2. whittle79 - Dec 10, 2011 at 9:53 PM

    Me 2 !! I hope he plays again, he is a beast !!

  3. adiddie - Dec 11, 2011 at 12:06 AM

    Can’t wait for fantasy baseball!!! Sleeper.

  4. hittfamily - Dec 11, 2011 at 1:26 AM

    Who do they have their eye on this year? Kazmir in 09, Wells in10, ….Adam Dunn in 11?

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