The 31-year old switch-hitter signed a 1-year/$7.4MM contract on June 8 with the Minnesota Twins. On July 24 Kendrys Morales was traded to the Seattle Mariners for pitcher Stephen Pryor. Between the two teams he played 98 games, had a batting average of .218, 8 home runs, and drove in 48 runs.
Mitch Moreland is projected to sign a 1-year contract for $2.8MM, if tendered and he accepts. But, if the Texas Rangers decide to non-tender Mitch Moreland I think signing Morales would be a wise choice.
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At Globe Life Park last season Kendrys Morales had a higher batting average (.296) than Mitch Moreland (.222). Granted it isn’t that much of a difference, but since Morales is a switch-hitter he could help fill any holes in the lineup.
Also, Moreland wasn’t too happy about being the Texas Rangers’ designated hitter last season either. Morales has played mostly at DH the past two seasons and seems comfortable there. If the Texas Rangers can get Morales for around $5MM he could be the official 2015 designated hitter. Knowing you have a true DH would be beneficial to Jeff Banister and the Texas Rangers.
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