Kendrys Morales

On Sunday, Jayson Stark of ESPN reported a potential trade target for the Pirates:

Kendrys Morales tweets

This doesn’t appear to be as basic as what Jim Bowden spewed about Paul Konerko a few weeks ago – the Pirates may actually have interest in Kendrys Morales, and Morales may actually be on the market.

As we wrote in our post about potential bench help, Jose Tabata hasn’t been too bad since returning from the DL. Therefore, the Bucs may not want to overpay for an expensive right field upgrade.

On the flip side, the platoon of Garrett Jones and Gaby Sanchez is slowing down at first base. Jones is hitting .192 (10-for-52) in his last 16 games; Sanchez is hitting just .103 (3-for-29) in his last 14 games. As Stark said, the Pirates may seriously want a strong bat for the middle-of-the order.

Morales would eliminate the platoon since he’s a switch-hitter, taking over the first base role. He’s not known for his defense – he’s played about 70% of his games this season as the designated hitter – but his real impact comes on offense.

Here are the career stats for the 30-year-old Cuba native:

Year Age Tm G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
2006 23 LAA 57 215 197 21 46 10 1 5 22 17 28 .234 .293 .371 .664
2007 24 LAA 43 126 119 12 35 10 0 4 15 6 21 .294 .333 .479 .812
2008 25 LAA 27 66 61 7 13 2 0 3 8 4 7 .213 .273 .393 .666
2009 26 LAA 152 622 566 86 173 43 2 34 108 46 117 .306 .355 .569 .924
2010 27 LAA 51 211 193 29 56 5 0 11 39 12 31 .290 .346 .487 .833
2012 29 LAA 134 522 484 61 132 26 1 22 73 31 116 .273 .320 .467 .787
2013 30 SEA 89 376 346 42 98 22 0 14 54 25 65 .283 .340 .468 .809
7 Yrs 553 2138 1966 258 553 118 4 93 319 141 385 .281 .333 .487 .820

You’ll notice that there’s a gap between 2010 and 2012 on the stat sheet – that’s the year Morales missed after he broke his leg celebrating a walk-off homer:

Kendrys  Morales GIF

All but two of his home runs this season would have made it out of PNC Park (via Hit Tracker Online):

Kendrys  Morales home runs

Morales is making $5.25 million with the Mariners this year. He’s a free agent after the season, essentially making him a rental player.

He seems like a reasonable fit and could come at a good price. We’ll see if any other trade rumors develop with Kendrys Morales and the Pirates.

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