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Angels, Kendrys Morales avoid arbitration with one-year deal

Jan 11, 2012, 4:21 PM EDT

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UPDATE: Morales’ deal is for the same salary he made last season, $2.975 million, and also includes a $50,000 bonus for reaching 550 plate appearances.

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Kendrys Morales hasn’t played since breaking his leg in May of 2010, but rather than make him a free agent last month the Angels tendered him a contract for 2012 and now the two sides have avoided arbitration with a one-year deal.

There’s still no timetable for Morales’ return to game action, but the Angels have stockpiled more than enough first base, corner outfield, and designated hitter depth to continue playing it very cautiously with his recovery.

Given the Angels’ willingness to throw around money all offseason and the team’s new television deal a one-year contract for something close to the $3 million Morales was paid in 2011 is a drop in the bucket, but it’s worth wondering if they could have non-tendered the 28-year-old first baseman and re-signed him for a lower salary (or at least less guaranteed money).

  1. kpow55 - Jan 11, 2012 at 3:07 PM

    The guy was a beast on the rise when he was healthy.

    I’ll gladly take Pujols as it’s ot my money but wonder if there would’ve been been a need to had Kendry satyed healthy.

    Give the man a contract! Don’t set him off an motivate him to go to Texas and have a career season.

    There is more upside to down with him.

    DH, 3B? Trade bait (I hope not) or a surplus player to enable dealign someone else.

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jan 11, 2012 at 4:01 PM

      I think Kendry is to Pujols what Aaron Boone is to A-Rod.

  2. brockohol - Jan 11, 2012 at 3:28 PM

    that lineup looks pretty bleak with no morales or trumbo. if I’m a pitcher theres no way I’m giving pujols anything to hit if all I have to worry about is getting 2 35 yr old washed up outfielders out after him.

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jan 11, 2012 at 4:02 PM

      Hunter can still be a threat at times, and Abreu’s a good contact hitter with a smart eye. He’ll see enough good pitches with Kendrick in front of him, too.

    • protius - Jan 12, 2012 at 11:43 AM

      So Brock, I guess when they were going over capital letters you were sick that day?

  3. akismet-d706e079849a07626585878ccadde5e6 - Jan 11, 2012 at 5:46 PM

    As long as Kendrys didn’t jump for joy upon signing . . .

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