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Report: Kendrys Morales drawing trade interest from multiple AL teams

Dec 15, 2012, 1:55 PM EDT

I mentioned a little earlier how the Angels have a bit of a logjam of hitters after signing outfielder Josh Hamilton to a five-year, $125 million contract this week. Per Jim Bowden of ESPN.com and Sirius XM radio, plenty of teams are already trying to take advantage of the team’s surplus.

After missing the entire 2011 season following a freak leg injury in 2010, Morales batted .273/.320/.467 with 22 home runs, 73 RBI and a .787 OPS over 134 games this past season. The 29-year-old is set to get a raise in arbitration from the $2.95 million base salary he earned in 2012 and can become a free agent next winter, but he could be a pretty nice fit with teams who are looking to fill a void at DH or first base.

  1. spudchukar - Dec 15, 2012 at 2:01 PM

    This would allow Trumbo to DH, and not force Hamilton to play CF. Morales for Bud Norris?

    • stex52 - Dec 15, 2012 at 2:32 PM

      I could go for something along those lines.

    • sirrealrainman - Dec 17, 2012 at 7:19 PM

      Hamilton will rarely if ever play CF when the team has both Mike Trout and Peter Bourjos.

  2. cur68 - Dec 15, 2012 at 2:05 PM

    I forgot all about Kendreys. Yeah, and if he ISN’T traded away, what a stud hitting lineup THAT is (mind you it was pretty damn fearsome without mentioning Kendreys). The Halos are probably thinking that the only thing they want in return for him is pitching and good pitching at that. The Rays could use him and might have what the Halos want…on second thought: bugger that! Lets hope he goes elsewhere, IF he goes. Last thing I need is for someone to partner up with Longoria to mash in the AL Beast. The Beav do NOT need more trouble like Kendreys.

  3. soundsofsuccess7 - Dec 15, 2012 at 2:37 PM

    Send him to the Mets with a pitching prospect for Dickey

    • heylowarrior - Dec 15, 2012 at 6:48 PM

      You got issues forget that old bag we need someone young masterson,hellickson or who knows maybe the Phil’s are really desperate for OF’s and they throw us lee or holladay.. Hey I could dream rite.

  4. jtchernak - Dec 15, 2012 at 2:44 PM

    Cmon Cleveland get him but don’t be stupid.

    • heylowarrior - Dec 15, 2012 at 6:43 PM

      Yeah Cleveland just give us masterson and where good to go;)

  5. xpensivewinos - Dec 15, 2012 at 3:00 PM

    If he’s able to play the field again, I would much rather have the switch-hitting Morales at first than Napoli.

  6. sincitybonobo - Dec 15, 2012 at 3:38 PM

    I chuckle at the nickname “Sundial” for a slow runner. As in, instead of using a stopwatch to time a player’s run time to first, scouts use a sundial.

    In May, I attended an Angels game against Toronto the night after Weaver’s no-no. For each of Morales’ AB’s, Brett Lawrie shifted from 3B to about 230 feet away from home plate between first and second.

    Sure enough, during his last AB, Kendrys hit a two-hopper to Lawrie. Without a hightened sense of urgency, Lawrie casually threw out Sundial by three steps.

    The ankle is still a major problem. Morales was having a breakout 2010 season before that fateful GS celebration. Any team doing their due dilligence should be scared off by his lack of mobility. If fielders can retire him in such a fashion, with apparently very little worry of him slashing a single to the wide open opposite field, it has got to diminish his value.

    When in traffic, behind a slow driver, I often say to myself, “let’s go, Sundial”.

  7. papacrick - Dec 15, 2012 at 7:16 PM

    He can’t even trot the bases without breaking his leg. Way to risky

  8. Carl Hancock - Dec 15, 2012 at 10:57 PM

    At this point they should just continue to play Trumbo out of position AND Kendrys at DH. With that lineup they should be able to overcome the defensive liabilities.

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