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Kendrys Morales has absolutely zero concept of rust

Jun 11, 2014, 2:55 PM EDT

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After re-signing with the Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew went 1-for-14 and then injured his oblique muscle, but the other Scott Boras client who sat out the first two months of the season before finally signing, Kendrys Morales, is showing zero signs of rust.

Morales agreed to a one-year, $7.6 million deal with the Twins on Saturday, was immediately added to the active roster without first going on a minor-league rehab assignment, and is now 6-for-12 with three doubles through three games (with another at-bat likely still this afternoon).

Minnesota already had a pretty good designated hitter option in Josmil Pinto, but manager Ron Gardenhire was hesitant to use him at DH regularly because the 25-year-old rookie is also the Twins’ backup catcher. Now that Morales is the full-time DH it sounds like Pinto will be headed back to Triple-A. And so far at least no one minds, because Morales is hitting .500 and clearing the bases with game-breaking doubles.

  1. tbird05 - Jun 11, 2014 at 3:05 PM

    Something to be said for a guy playing for his next contract…and having a short year to do it. I expect big things out of him, which will help the Twins fans and their depression.

    • happytwinsfan - Jun 11, 2014 at 4:27 PM

      Having Morales here and doing well does brighten things up, but sweeping the Tigers this weekend and pulling as close as within one game of first would be better.

      • dluxxx - Jun 11, 2014 at 5:22 PM

        If you’re going to go that far, you may as well call for the Sweep of the BoSox too. I mean, why not?

      • happytwinsfan - Jun 11, 2014 at 5:31 PM

        No argument here. A seven game winning streak would be an okay way to plunge into summer.

  2. stormjh1 - Jun 11, 2014 at 3:11 PM

    I didn’t like the deal initially, for the reasons Aaron hints at. It’s a rental on a team that is not going to the Playoffs (that may be a controversial opinion, but it really shouldn’t be), and it lowers their defensive options while blocking the development and evaluation of the young guys. But I’m perfectly happy to be proven wrong if Morales wants to hit .300 and 15-20 HR’s rest of season!

  3. joshfellmanedina - Jun 11, 2014 at 3:19 PM

    Depending on where this team is at the end of July, if Morales can keep this up he could be a huge trade chip for a contending team who needs a hitter at the trade deadline.

    • dluxxx - Jun 11, 2014 at 4:42 PM

      Why does everyone assume that the Twins won’t be buyers at the deadline? I mean, the only downside to the Morales signing is pushing back the development of Pinto, but then again, he wasn’t going to be playing C every day anyway, and that’s really what he needs right now. Play every day and get the defensive chops as honed as he can.

      *IF* the Twins fall out of contention then he is a great trade chip along with Willingham, Suzuki and possibly Correa (I’d like them to move him as soon as possible actually). But at this point, all signs point to the fact that they’ll try to stay in this race to the end.

      • happytwinsfan - Jun 11, 2014 at 5:48 PM

        I want them to try and stay in all the way unless it’s obvious that the season is gone. But if they are in it coming down the stretch, I still don’t want them to be buyers in the sense of trading prospects. I want them to stand pat see what they can do with what they got.

      • dluxxx - Jun 11, 2014 at 5:57 PM

        I honestly think they’re going to make a move to get another CF option, and would be pretty happy if they went with one of the Cuban free agents instead of dealing prospects for someone like John Jay. But I really do think they make at least one more move to bolster the roster from without and probably bring up pitching from within.

      • dluxxx - Jun 11, 2014 at 5:58 PM

        But yeah, I agree that I don’t want them mortgaging the future for a few more wins this year.

  4. dluxxx - Jun 11, 2014 at 3:35 PM

    I mentioned in an earlier post about how he was staying in “game shape” by hitting against ex-pro and college pitching, but got a bunch of thumbs down. I think it may be easier to stay in “game shape” by hitting in cages, against live pitching and what not as opposed to playing the field.

  5. icanspeel - Jun 11, 2014 at 4:22 PM

    Easier to stay fresh when all you do is hit.

  6. disgracedfury - Jun 11, 2014 at 6:14 PM

    Yeah great Kendrys and the Twins are gonna have a great season being third in there division and maybe 5 games under .500.

    This is a great move until the all-star break.Dumb move by Kendrys and Boras.

  7. sportsfan18 - Jun 11, 2014 at 6:20 PM


    let’s check back on him in two weeks…

  8. psousa1 - Jun 12, 2014 at 9:02 AM

    Dumb move by Boras but a good move by the Twins. Someone is going to pay for that bat come trade deadline if Twins don’t see one of the wild cards in sight.

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