On June 8, the Twins surprised everyone by signing veteran slugger Kendrys Morales to a one-year contract worth roughly $7.6 million. Morales, who was a free agent, last played for Seattle, where he hit .277 and had 23 home runs and 80 RBI. He has hit at least 15 home runs in three of the past five seasons. Morales will likely be the primary designated hitter for the Twins. He can also play first base, but the Twins will likely want Joe Mauer to play at first.
I love that the Twins made this move. Most of all, signing Morales (which was shocking since the Twins aren’t known for spending a lot of money and were not one of the teams that were expected to sign him) means the Twins are serious about contending for the postseason this year, something the team could not have dreamed of the past three seasons. I was a little worried Morales would be rusty since he had not played in either the minors or the majors since the end of last season before coming to Minnesota. However, Morales is off to a very good start, batting 6-for-13 in his first three games with Minnesota!
To make room for Morales on the roster, the Twins designated outfielder Jason Kubel for assignment, meaning the team can trade him, release him, or send him to the minors. Kubel, who first played for the Twins from 2006-2011 and was very good, struggled in his return to Minnesota this year. I like Kubel, but this move made sense based on his poor performance this season.
It has only been three games, but Morales looks like he will be a very good player for Minnesota. If he continues to do well, I would strongly encourage the Twins to extend his contract past this season!!
What do you think about the Twins signing Kendrys Morales??
Written by: Sam Graves