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Kendrys Morales a fit for the Royals?

Jan 3, 2014, 11:25 PM EDT

Kendrys Morales AP

Jim Duquette of MLB Network Radio suggests free agent 1B/DH Kendrys Morales would be a good fit for the Royals. The market for Morales is fairly quiet right now as he is tied to draft pick compensation and doesn’t offer much aside from his ability to hit.

However, Duquette also suggests that signing Morales would give the Royals the flexibility to trade current DH Billy Butler for starting pitching. The Blue Jays were interested in acquiring Butler last month and could still be a potential suitor if such a situation were to come up.

Morales has been fairly consistent between 2012 and 2013, posting a .787 and .785 OPS, respectively. No one questions his ability to hit, but his value is dragged down by having to be a DH full-time, or otherwise having to play defense at first base poorly. If the Royals were to sign Morales, they would relinquish their first-round pick in the 2014 draft, the 18th overall pick.

  1. dinofrank60 - Jan 3, 2014 at 11:30 PM

    Somehow, baseball finds a way to crimp free agentmovement, again.

  2. NYTolstoy - Jan 3, 2014 at 11:32 PM

    I don’t see much upside for losing the pick. They might as well keep Buttler. Unless they get a major league ready starter there’s no sense in signing this guy.

    • proudlycanadian - Jan 4, 2014 at 7:52 AM

      This story illustrates why Duquette was a failure as a MLB General Manager. It is a lousy idea that he floated and should not to be taken seriously.

  3. tigers182 - Jan 3, 2014 at 11:45 PM

    I’d rather draft the best hitter available at #18, put him right in the majors, and pay him significant less. You’ll likely get a better player.

    • paperlions - Jan 4, 2014 at 10:26 AM

      Number of hitters in the 2014 draft capable of hitting MLB pitching in 2014 or 2015: 0

  4. doctorofsmuganomics - Jan 3, 2014 at 11:59 PM

    Keep the draft pick, and stop trying to trade Billy Butler.

    -biased

    • unclemosesgreen - Jan 5, 2014 at 9:49 AM

      I’ve never understood the lack of respect for Billy Butler. Professional hitter. You could do worse than to have both he and Morales, but if you’re getting Morales and giving up a draft pick and then paying him a lot more than Butler … seems like trading a dollar bill for two quarters.

      Thank you, Doctor, I feel better. Where do I send the check?

  5. jwbiii - Jan 4, 2014 at 12:13 AM

    A DH with 1/$9m left on his contract (or 2/$12.5m) isn’t going to get much of a starting pitcher.

  6. clydeserra - Jan 4, 2014 at 11:32 AM

    Houston seems like a better landing spot. I know they have Wallace and Carter though

    • unclemosesgreen - Jan 5, 2014 at 9:50 AM

      I agree that Houston seems like a better landing spot, but I think it’s *because* they have Wallace and Carter.

  7. kcrobert10 - Jan 4, 2014 at 11:48 AM

    Not sure the fascination with trading butler. Yes he had a down yr. He is still 26 and still led the team in rbi and on base %. Ya can’t use a guy like that.

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