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Pirates and Kendrys Morales have “mutual interest”

Feb 9, 2014, 3:00 PM EST

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Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe passes this report along in his always-info-packed weekly Sunday notes column:

Kendrys Morales, 1B/DH, free agent — Morales fits what the Pirates need, a first baseman/middle of the order hitter. There’s mutual interest, but while the Pirates would love him on the right contract, they may also pursue a first baseman via trade. There are a few possible candidates, including the Mets’ Ike Davis, Toronto’s Adam Lind, Texas’s Mitch Moreland, and even Seattle’s Justin Smoak and Boston’s Daniel Nava and Mike Carp.

It’s been a sluggish winter for Morales, who declined a one-year, $14.1 million qualifying offer from the Mariners in November thus tying himself to draft pick compensation. The 30-year-old batted .277/.336/.449 with 23 homers and 80 RBI last summer for Seattle, starting 121 games at DH and 31 at first base.

Pittsburgh lost Justin Morneau to free agency and could use a high-impact bat for first base, but the club would have to surrender its 2014 first-round draft pick to sign Morales and that makes a marriage unlikely given the success of the Bucs’ recent youth movement. Andrew McCutchen (2005), Pedro Alvarez (2008), Gerrit Cole (2011), and Neil Walker (2004) were all first-round selections.

  1. chacochicken - Feb 9, 2014 at 3:17 PM

    So Kendrys is mutually interested in someone giving him money to play baseball this season since he is carrying around the qualifying offer lodestone.
    I’ve always wanted to be a part of a winning organization like the _______. Everyone knows________ is a great baseball town. The _________ have some of the best fans in baseball.

  2. jwbiii - Feb 9, 2014 at 4:12 PM

    Unclad women or single malt scotch?

  3. tfbuckfutter - Feb 9, 2014 at 4:40 PM

    Is their mutual interest, by any chance, baseball?

  4. musketmaniac - Feb 9, 2014 at 5:02 PM

    sounds like a possibility, we need a corner. its funny the media thinks the pirates sat on their profits all off season. one signing shuts those small minds down.

    • paperlions - Feb 9, 2014 at 7:18 PM

      It isn’t funny, it is just true. They are being so “thrifty” that they wouldn’t even extend a QO to Burnett…and that is despite getting about $25M of free money from the new MLB national TV deal, and the increasingly huge profits every team gets from MLB.TV

  5. dlgdc - Feb 9, 2014 at 6:28 PM

    Nick Cafardo’s columns are packed with speculation, not really “info-packed.”

  6. musketmaniac - Feb 10, 2014 at 1:31 AM

    I would call it thorough. They said four years ago they would put a team together that would contend by 2014/15. they have. And they’ve kept their game plan. They have built this team in many ways. off season acquisition are only part of it. Sanchez, and tabata have earned a serious look. Surprised Snyder gets one. But they’ll be players available after the season starts, likely cheaper in terms of money giving the strength of their minor league system.

  7. deep64blue - Feb 10, 2014 at 6:34 AM

    The Mariners were idiots to offer Morales $14m and he was an even bigger idiot to decline!

  8. thebirdsareback - Feb 10, 2014 at 8:46 AM

    This is just another thing the cities of Pittsburgh and Baltimore have in common. Uncanny

  9. beastmode5150 - Feb 10, 2014 at 8:57 AM

    Thanks for the draft pick Pitt!

  10. sportsfan18 - Feb 10, 2014 at 11:51 AM

    The writer mentions the Bucs recent youth movement and then lists some first round selections as examples and he included their 2004 first round pick.

    Uh, 2004 was 10 yrs ago and in pro sports that player is no longer young or part of their youth movement.

    Yes, he’s only 28, but 28 is not young in MLB.

  11. sandwiches4ever - Feb 10, 2014 at 5:02 PM

    Pirates to Morales:

    DO YOU LIKE ME? CIRCLE ONE
    YES
    NO
    I’D RATHER PLAY FOR THE MARLINS

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