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The Twins are open to trading Kendrys Morales

Jul 23, 2014, 1:35 PM EDT

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Ken Rosenthal reports that the Twins are “open to trading” Kendrys Morales. Which wins the Twins the Captain Obvious Award of 2014.

Who would want him, though? He’s on a 12-game hitting streak but he’s also sporting an OPS oof .599 OPS. Even teams who could use a bat aren’t going to be too interested in that, and that’s before you get to the fact that his best position is DH.

Good luck, Twins. You’ll need it.

  1. dluxxx - Jul 23, 2014 at 1:44 PM

    Take my DH! Please!

  2. oms0004 - Jul 23, 2014 at 1:49 PM

    Now introducing your Texas Rangers starting 1b…

    • rollinghighwayblues - Jul 23, 2014 at 2:19 PM

      As of last Saturday the Rangers trotted out seven different first basemen on the year. That should put them on pace for about 12 this season.

  3. racksie - Jul 23, 2014 at 1:50 PM

    I was convinced from the beginning he was signed to be traded. If it works it is a very astute move by terry Ryan. I have no knowledge of this but it makes sense that he was told he would get regular playing time with the Twins, and essentially be auditioning for the trade deadline. Makes sense all around.

  4. papacrick - Jul 23, 2014 at 1:56 PM

    Didn’t they just sign him a few weeks ago? They were never in contention in the first place or since 09′ for that matter. This must have been done with the intention of trading him right from the get go. Kind of a stupid bet to bank on an expensive washed DH to provide you anything valuable in return. What else would you expect from the Twins though?

    • SocraticGadfly - Jul 23, 2014 at 2:27 PM

      At the time of the signing, one or two Twins fans here said they thought Terry Ryan was trying to prop up, or even goose, attendance numbers.

    • dluxxx - Jul 23, 2014 at 3:22 PM

      At the time of the signing the Twins were 3 games under .500 and 5 games back from the division lead. It was a move to show the fans and the team that they were “in it”. 6 weeks later the Twins are 11 games out of the division lead and 9 games under .500. It’s amazing how hind-sight works, isn’t it?

      As a Twins fan, I knew that there was a good chance if we fell out of contention they’d try to flip him and as racksie mentioned above, it was something that most people assumed even at the time of the signing.

      The only thing they didn’t factor in was how rusty Morales would be, and how little power he has at this point. Playing in Target Field will do that to a guy though…

      • SocraticGadfly - Jul 23, 2014 at 5:45 PM

        But, Borass said ….

    • prideonice - Jul 23, 2014 at 3:29 PM

      Well, they did win 94 games and the AL Central in 2010…

    • happytwinsfan - Jul 23, 2014 at 4:51 PM

      Yes it would be a stupid bet and that’s why that was never the intention. The intention was to play meaningful games into August or maybe get lucky with regard to the second wild card which they were only a game or two out of at the time. Or even, if the Tiger’s bullpen didn’t get any better take a run at the division if no one else stepped up.

      But alas, May got a strained calf muscle or something before they could call him up and the Twins went on a nasty losing streak and I’m getting ready to fill up my Willie Horton tumbler with chocolate milk shakes.

  5. sfp311 - Jul 23, 2014 at 1:59 PM

    I’m sure both he and Stephen Drew would make the case that their situation with the draft pick played in a role in them sucking this bad after missing Spring training. That or they’re both just aging replacement level hitters.

    • SocraticGadfly - Jul 23, 2014 at 2:15 PM

      But the Borass Baseball Academy was supposed to have them all ready!

  6. SocraticGadfly - Jul 23, 2014 at 2:22 PM

    Hey, a .599 OPS is still 100 points above the Oscar Taveras whom a lot of Cards fans, thanks in part to fake manufactured controversy from Drew Silva, think should still be starting in St. Louis.

  7. 18thstreet - Jul 23, 2014 at 2:28 PM

    His OPS is one point lower than Stephen Drew’s.

    • mazblast - Jul 23, 2014 at 4:32 PM

      Morales is a DH and occasional 1B. Drew is allegedly a shortstop. Expectations are a bit different.

  8. thomas844 - Jul 23, 2014 at 2:38 PM

    Cincy could sure use a 1B. Maybe moving to the NL and from a pitcher’s park to a hitter’s park would help him get back to hitting well.

  9. chip56 - Jul 23, 2014 at 2:46 PM

    This story is similar to the one a couple of days back that the White Sox are interested in dealing Gordon Beckham. I’m sure they are, but unless they are willing to take back the empty box that my bag of batting practice baseballs came in, I don’t think there’s that much of a market.

  10. scatterbrian - Jul 23, 2014 at 2:57 PM

    oof .599 OPS

    That’s a pretty solid typo.

    • pbastille - Jul 23, 2014 at 4:46 PM

      Craig’s cat jumped in his lap as he was composing the entry using his voice recognition software

  11. ark465 - Jul 24, 2014 at 9:44 AM

    Well let’s see. No one wanted him so the Twins signed him, but now teams are going to want him? Yeah..The Twinks will get a 593nd round draft pick in the 2178 draft.

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