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Mariners re-acquire Kendrys Morales from Twins for Stephen Pryor

Jul 24, 2014, 2:51 PM EDT

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Kendrys Morales had a good first week for the Twins after sitting out the first two months of the season and then signing a one-year, $7.5 million deal in June, but he’s been horrendous since then while hitting .209 with one homer and a .524 OPS in 33 games.

Today the Twins cut bait on the Morales move and surprisingly they not only found a taker for him they traded the 31-year-old designated hitter to the Mariners for a potentially useful 24-year-old reliever in Stephen Pryor.

Morales has shown some signs of life recently and hit well for Seattle last season, so the Mariners are betting on him adding a little thump to their lineup again down the stretch. He refused to re-sign with them this offseason, but that was when agent Scott Boras still had visions of a big multi-year deal and … well, now Morales didn’t have a choice in the matter.

Meanwhile, the Twins can turn back to Josmil Pinto at designated hitter and pick up a hard-throwing right-hander in Pryor, who has a 2.81 ERA with 35 strikeouts in 32 innings as a big leaguer but has struggled since returning from an injury last year.

  1. Squawk and Awe - Jul 24, 2014 at 2:53 PM

    So disappointing…

  2. timberwolvesbrisin - Jul 24, 2014 at 2:55 PM

    Brutal for the Twins. Swings at everything and pops out constantly.

    • beastmode5150 - Jul 24, 2014 at 3:01 PM

      That was his Spring Training, has hit .300 his last 12 games. Thanks Twins!

      • chip56 - Jul 24, 2014 at 3:10 PM

        Not sure what stats you’re looking at – but according to BBREF he’s hitting .243 with a .606 OPS over the last two weeks (9 games)

      • kraa0901 - Jul 24, 2014 at 3:24 PM

        How is this in anyway a , “Thanks,Twins!” situation? You guys not only didn’t resign your guy you had last year, but you let him go to a team he played on for like 3-4 weeks, and THEN they turned around and traded him back to you for an asset?!?!

        Hmmmm…..I think the Twins are saying, ‘Thank you, Seattle’, actually. But looking at your sign in name, I get the feeling you look at things from a completely unbiased view.

      • mweekes22 - Jul 24, 2014 at 3:48 PM

        It’s a thanks twins because we’ve had to watch justin smoak and logan morrisson this whole season do nothing. If Kendrys Morales hits in the low .200’s for the rest of the season it’s still an upgrade over the bums we have. Pryor may be an asset for your twins but the mariners have one of the best young bullpens in the majors and plenty of arms in the minors. Pryor is coming off a major injury and hasn’t shown that he’s fully recovered and back to normal.

      • SocraticGadfly - Jul 24, 2014 at 4:14 PM

        Right. Per Chip, he’s hitting at the Kozma Line. I guess the Mariners are desperate.

  3. chip56 - Jul 24, 2014 at 2:59 PM

    So just to clarify:

    Don’t get a draft pick for the player
    Spend money to try and replace him
    Trade an asset to get him back

    awesome GM work.

    By the way – can we now close the book on Jesus Montero? If he was anything resembling a major leaguer the M’s wouldn’t have made this deal.

    • beastmode5150 - Jul 24, 2014 at 3:03 PM

      Montero in a season and a third as a major leaguer hit .260 with 18 and 87.

      • chip56 - Jul 24, 2014 at 3:06 PM

        spread over four years and hasn’t been anywhere close to productive since 2012.

        Plus he has Homer Simpson’s work ethic so there’s that.

    • cmp78 - Jul 24, 2014 at 3:09 PM

      When Morales was back in Seattle with the Twins, he said he was ready to move on from Seattle after the season. It’s entirely possible he would not have signed with the Mariners regardless of price. Now, he doesn’t have a say in where he goes. And in terms of draft pick compensation, it’s the system that screwed them out of a pick, Zduriencik offered a qualifying offer, Morales didn’t sign til after draft.

      And I think most everyone gave up on Montero when he showed up out of shape.

  4. stormjh1 - Jul 24, 2014 at 3:08 PM

    How is this anything but a positive for the Twins?

    – Acquired mid-season for nothing as a free agent;
    – Traded a few weeks later to clear room for younger players to audition at DH;
    – Flipped for an asset (Stephen Pryor) back to the team rumored to sign Morales in the first place;
    – Twins escape having to pay the full remainder of Morales’ contract

    • jerze2387 - Jul 24, 2014 at 3:27 PM

      Twins: 1
      Morales: 0
      Mariners: -1

    • zzalapski - Jul 24, 2014 at 4:08 PM

      Must be some mojo Terry Ryan has with West Coast teams; he actually procured a decent prospect (Miguel Sulbaran) for Drew Butera, probably the worst case for nepotism in baseball.

      Of course, he traded Sulbaran to the Yankees less than a year later for Eduardo Nunez, but, hey, let’s not get picky.

  5. doctorofsmuganomics - Jul 24, 2014 at 3:29 PM

    Who says you can never go home again?

  6. realgone2 - Jul 24, 2014 at 3:37 PM

    Zduriencik – the Amaro of the West

  7. mmason0071 - Jul 24, 2014 at 4:39 PM

    That will put the M’s over the top for the playoffs! Having 4 DH/1B’s hitting ,200 is way better than only having 3.

    • dluxxx - Jul 24, 2014 at 5:37 PM

      They’re batting like .800 if you add them all together!

  8. rawdog2013 - Jul 24, 2014 at 6:16 PM

    I said that Smug. I said it.

  9. realgone2 - Jul 24, 2014 at 7:44 PM

    Mariners should go get Ryan Howard I heard he is on the block.

  10. swu32733 - Jul 24, 2014 at 10:04 PM

    If Pryor gets healthy again this will turn out to Trader Jack’s dumbest move yet and he has made plenty of stupid mistakes.

  11. luvmnsports2012 - Jul 25, 2014 at 1:56 PM

    Twins friggin suck! Losing all faith in the team. The whole coaching staff reeks of old washed up towels laying damp in a corner! Do we even have a GM?
    Signed….huge twins fan😭

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