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Kendrys Morales says he’s ready to play first base in Seattle

Dec 20, 2012, 10:22 AM EST

Kendry Morales

Kendrys Morales played just 28 of his 134 games at first base this year, seeing the bulk of his action at designated hitter after missing most of 2010 and all of 2011 with a broken ankle.

However, after being traded to the Mariners yesterday Morales said he’s “confident knowing that I’m 100 percent ready to play first base every day if that’s what’s needed.”

Even if Morales had been fully healthy this year the Angels would have gone with Albert Pujols at first base more often than not, but the situation will be much different with the Mariners considering one of John Jaso or Jesus Montero will likely be at designated hitter most games.

Before breaking his ankle Morales was an everyday first baseman for the Angels and even played some right field in 2007 and 2008, but he hasn’t played more than 450 total innings defensively in a season since 2009.

  1. historiophiliac - Dec 20, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    List of players to be 100% in the spring:

    1. V-Mart
    2. Kendrys Morales

    • historiophiliac - Dec 20, 2012 at 1:09 PM

      (Should I add Jeter? He said he’d be “ready” on opening day — but not “100%”.)

      • lazlosother - Dec 20, 2012 at 2:00 PM

        Yes, you have to add Jeter. He is always 100%, any time he takes the field. He’s a no excuses guy.

  2. shawnuel - Dec 20, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    If Smoak craps the sheets, yet again, then Morales will probably play more 1B than he bargained for.

  3. weaselpuppy - Dec 20, 2012 at 12:47 PM

    Smoak is all done there…wouldn’t be shocked to see him flipped for an outfielder

    • deathmonkey41 - Dec 20, 2012 at 1:51 PM

      Or at least a bag of slightly used baseballs.

  4. tcostant - Dec 20, 2012 at 1:16 PM

    Now LaRoche can re-sign with the Nats for two year. The music is stopping and he is running out of chairs!

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Dec 20, 2012 at 1:31 PM

      Rangers, Marlins and Red Sox could all use 1B help. I am sure there are others…

  5. danucks604 - Dec 20, 2012 at 3:16 PM

    Send Justin Smoak maybe we’ll get Cliff Lee back.. Oh wait..

  6. Alex - Dec 20, 2012 at 6:22 PM

    How many 1st baseman and DH do the Mariners need?

  7. cosanostra71 - Dec 20, 2012 at 7:19 PM

    Good luck in Seattle Kendrys! Well not too much luck, you’re still in the division and all!

  8. theduuuuuuuuuude - Dec 21, 2012 at 1:11 AM

    It’s crazy to think how different things might have been had Morales not broken his ankle in an absurdly embarrassing fashion in 2010. He was showing some real promising signs early that season that he might reach the potential that the Angels always saw in him, but his injury paved the way for youngsters like Trumbo and Trout to get a chance. I wish him all the best in Seattle. I think he still has to potential to bring a big bat to Seattle that is badly needed.

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