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Kendrys Morales to sign in “the next day or so”

Jun 5, 2014, 5:31 PM EDT

Kendrys Morales AP

So says the man who appears to have a hotline to Kendrys Morales‘ agent:

The MLB Draft has long seemed to be a key moment for Kendrys Morales, and with agent Scott Boras recently declining to OK the Yankees’ request to wait a few days while they monitor the progress of Carlos Beltran and especially Mark Teixeira before Morales signs, indications are that the free agent will likely find a new home within the next day or two.

Heyman says the Yankees, Brewers and Mariners are the most likely destinations for the 1B/DH. I’m sure that when he signs we’ll hear from him about it first.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jun 5, 2014 at 5:38 PM

    He is muttering under his breath; “Why the heck didn’t I accept the $14.1 million qualifying offer.”

    • jfk69 - Jun 5, 2014 at 6:51 PM

      He also added..Why did I listen to F’enn Boras. Who will now still get his 15%…lol
      Don’t worry Kendrick. I hear Boras tells all his bad deal clients. We are in this together and I have an unnamed team still interested. Possibly two teams

      • SocraticGadfly - Jun 5, 2014 at 7:07 PM

        And Heyman gets HIS 15% off of Borass’ 15% as his PR guru!

      • danfrommv - Jun 6, 2014 at 12:21 PM

        I *think* agents are limited to 4%

  2. xpensivewinos - Jun 5, 2014 at 5:51 PM

    If they the Mariners wanted him, why did they wait?

    • SocraticGadfly - Jun 5, 2014 at 7:16 PM

      Exactly. I call more bull from Heyman on this. They could have signed him at any time. (That said, maybe Borass has finally “caved” on the price.) Yankees? Beltran’s back on the roster, so scratch them. Brewers? NL team, so Morales can’t be stashed at DH. “Mystery team”? With Ogando down for the count, that’s one more reason to scratch the Rangers.

      • SocraticGadfly - Jun 5, 2014 at 8:02 PM

        And, I believe I’ve refuted Heyman’s claims, including of a “mystery team,” for the entire AL, as well as further addressing the Brewers:

      • 4cornersfan - Jun 6, 2014 at 3:34 AM

        Not so sure that Yankees won’t sign him. Beltran and Teixiera are still question marks and the Yanks still need a backup at 1B. I really question Cashman’s judgment for leaving them exposed at that position.

    • extavernmouse - Jun 6, 2014 at 12:53 AM

      Because before now they would have had to give up a draft pick. Now that the draft is over, they don’t have to any more.

      • zukith - Jun 6, 2014 at 10:28 AM

        The Mariners would have been the team [i]receiving[/i] the draft pick from another team. They wouldn’t have had to give up anything to resign him themselves.

      • zukith - Jun 6, 2014 at 10:30 AM

        Plus, I suck at HTML.

  3. uyf1950 - Jun 5, 2014 at 5:55 PM

    It’s probably the “or so” portion of the headline as opposed to the “next day” portion that he will sign. It’s my understanding that the “bounty” on Morales’s head namely the draft pick compensation doesn’t go away until AFTER the amateur draft.

    • [citation needed] fka COPO - Jun 5, 2014 at 6:16 PM

      I’ve heard both ways, that the minute it starts the compensation disappears. Anyone have a definitive link?

    • Caught Looking - Jun 5, 2014 at 6:35 PM

      It appears ‘after the draft’ is correct.

      From Article XX-B:

      “If a Qualified Player signs a Major League contract with a new club after the MLB Rule 4 Draft, or if a Qualified Player signs a minor league contract with a new club and either remains in the minor leagues or is later added to the new club’s MLB 40-man roster, the player’s new club does NOT forfeit a Rule 4 Draft pick, and the player’s former club does NOT receive Rule 4 Draft pick compensation. However, MLB clubs are not permitted to sign a Qualified Player to a minor league contract just to avoid losing a draft pick.”

      • Kevin S. - Jun 5, 2014 at 8:10 PM

        As a matter of practicality, it would have to disappear as soon as the draft starts, no? Let’s say that the Yankees were to sign him at roughly at the end of the second round. Not only would the pick they’d have forfeited already been made, but the spot where Seattle would get a comp pick would have passed as well. Even if the Yanks were to sign him halfway through the first round, Seattle suddenly has an extra pick (and the associated slot money). Their strategy has to change midway through the draft, and everybody’s pool money gets affected slightly for the picks between Seattle’s comp and the Yanks’ second rounder.

  4. hittfamily - Jun 5, 2014 at 6:02 PM

    Mariners? What, they think he plays CF?

    For A’s fans sake, I hope Billy Beane has made a call or 2. Daric Barton is not the first baseman for a playoff team.

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 5, 2014 at 6:10 PM

      Barton was DFA when the A’s added Kyle Blanks to the Roster. On the other hand, Morales is better than Blanks.

      • hittfamily - Jun 5, 2014 at 6:20 PM

        Yeah, I know he was DFA’d, but no one claimed him. He’s still on the 40 man roster, and he will definately be a September callup. A’s fans better hope he’s not called up before then though, because the dude is bad.

        If Morales will accept the prorated portion of a 12 mil salary , that should be within reach for any team with playoff expectations.

      • hittfamily - Jun 5, 2014 at 6:31 PM

        Darn. I spoke without researching. Barton is no longer on the 40 man roster. I thought he was was out of options so they had to pass him through waivers before they could send him down. My point still stands. Kyle Blanks is not the answer. They are very good, and if 7 mil keeps them from shoring up their only real weakness, then they have a pretty selfish owner.

      • danfrommv - Jun 6, 2014 at 12:23 PM

        He would also be MUCH more expensive than Blanks. Billy Beane has a long history of getting playoff teams at 1/2 the price of others in the mix. The A’s seldom pay premium dollar, and seldom pick up declining talent

    • clydeserra - Jun 5, 2014 at 8:17 PM

      what is your point?

      Barton was not claimed. he accepted a minor league assignment. Morales would have made more sense, wouldn’t have cost a good prospect.

      The A’s have too much invested to pick up morales. I wish drew would have held out

      • hittfamily - Jun 5, 2014 at 8:50 PM

        I have no idea what this means. Seriously, not a clue.

        The A’s have too much invested in what? Barton? Blanks? They are in first place, and for the first time in my memory, a good free agent at a position of need has come available in the middle of the season. He has no comp attached, and only wants a 1 year deal. If Beane doesn’t make an offer, color me shocked at how cheap the A’s ownership is.

      • clydeserra - Jun 5, 2014 at 10:59 PM


        They gave up a good prospect for him. Adding morales is a marginal upgrade over Blanks/callaspo/Jaso and you have to cut one of blanks/vogt/callaspo loose. (blanks and Vogtcan be stashed at AAA). Morales doesn’t have the positional flexibility that blanks has. He would have been a big upgrae over barton, but only marginal over blanks.

        The A’s need starting pitching and middle infield help.

        Serious question, where did he say he would accept a one year deal? I haven’t heard anything about that.

  5. jfk69 - Jun 5, 2014 at 6:43 PM

    The Yankees need to be mindful there is only ONE DH SPOT. They might be served and save a boat load money by looking for a new hitting coach.
    If Mark T’s wrist is troublesome it is time to move the timeline up on their new acquisition bust McCann. Put him at first and go with a Murphy/Cervelli combo behind the plate.

  6. yahmule - Jun 5, 2014 at 7:12 PM

    Speaking of Yankee first basemen, has anybody seen this?

  7. jfk69 - Jun 5, 2014 at 7:37 PM

    A future in stand up if wrist remains problematic. Big plus.All questions to the audience are rhetorical. No worries about yes and no answers

  8. bigmeechy74 - Jun 5, 2014 at 10:06 PM

    If the yankees sign him, he will hit around .400 with 30 plus homers. If one of the other two teams sign him, he will suck.

    • danfrommv - Jun 6, 2014 at 12:26 PM

      No way he hits 30 HRs this year. He hasn’t played a game in months, and would need weeks in AAA as a spring training to get ready.

  9. halfful - Jun 5, 2014 at 10:07 PM

    The Brewers have Lyle Overbay starting at first base. He’s not even an improvement over Yuniesky Betancourt. They need Morales. Can’t field? Can’t be any worse than Prince Fielder was.

    • bchsom16 - Jun 5, 2014 at 10:36 PM

      Tonight they do, but with Aramis coming back Reynolds becomes the starting 1b. Stick with Reynolds who can play the position

  10. Droppo - Jun 6, 2014 at 12:42 AM

    Texas Rangers are probably thinking hard about it too.

  11. musketmaniac - Jun 6, 2014 at 2:38 PM

    plans of Boras buying an independent team next year to keep next years holdouts fresh.

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