Major League Baseball

2014 Avg.
Career Avg.
2/21/2014 8:25:00 PM
Description: The Orioles are expected to sign either Kendrys Morales or Nelson Cruz in free agency. SOURCE: Ken Rosenthal, Fox Sports
Insight: Baltimore has holes to fill at left field and DH so either one would make sense. Morales (.277, 23 HR, 80 RBI for Seattle in 2013) can still bring it, though moving to the AL East is always a difficult transition.
2/9/2014 3:21:00 PM
Description: The Pirates are moving in on free agent first baseman Kendrys Morales.
Insight: There's no deal in place but Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe says both sides are interested. Morales would fill a huge need for Pittsburgh now that Garrett Jones (.233, 15 HR, 51 RBI) has signed with Miami. Though he hasn't looked the same since his devastating leg injury, Morales is still a safe bet for 20 HR and close to 100 RBI.
10/9/2013 8:27:00 PM
Description: Jon Heyman of CBS Sports doesn't expect designated hitter Kendrys Morales to accept his one-year, $14 million qualifying offer from Seattle.
Insight: By rejecting the offer, the Mariners are now entitled to a draft pick from whatever team decides to sign Morales as a free agent. The injury-prone Morales launched 23 homers in 156 games for the M's in 2013.
Hot9/28/2013 10:21:00 AM
Description: After going 2-for-3 with a solo homer Friday against the A's, Mariners DH Kendrys Morales has six longballs in September.
Insight: Morales has alternated good and bad months this season, hitting .343 with five homers and 23 RBI in May, .309 with seven homers and 18 RBI in July and .290 with six homers and 11 RBI in September. He hit a combined .247 with five home runs and 28 RBI in the other three months and is batting .281 with 23 bombs, 80 RBI and a .793 OPS in a career-high 649 plate appearances.
Hot9/12/2013 11:22:00 AM
Description: Mariners DH Kendrys Morales has hit four homers over his last eight games.
Insight: Morales batted .200 with zero round-trippers from Aug. 3 to Sept. 3 (28 games).
Cold8/29/2013 6:54:00 PM
Description: M's DH Kendrys Morales won't be in the lineup Thursday against Houston.
Insight: Morales hasn't had a day off since July 7th. He's hit just .174 during Seattle's six-game losing streak.
Hot8/2/2013 10:28:00 PM
Description: Mariners DH Kendrys Morales belted four hits Friday in a loss to Baltimore.
Insight: One of the hits was Morales' 17th home run of the season. He's 13-for-17 at the plate over his last four games (.765 AVG). Unfortunately for Morales, the Mariners have lost each of those games.
Hot8/1/2013 10:36:00 PM
Description: Seattle DH Kendrys Morales went 4-for-5 Thursday and was 9-for-13 with three RBI during the three-game series at Boston.
Insight: The Mariners opted to keep Morales at the trade deadline. The veteran has raised his average 13 points over the last three games and is batting .291 with 16 home runs and 61 RBI.
7/15/2013 7:12:00 PM
Description: ESPN's Doug Mittler suggests that Seattle could look to move DH Kendrys Morales before the trade deadline.
Insight: Jon Heyman of CBS implied that Raul Ibanez could also be up for grabs though that seems unlikely given his recent hot streak. Morales is still only 30 and he's having a great year (.280, 14 HR, 54 RBI in 90 games). With Seattle 13 games behind Oakland in the AL West, the Mariners are much more likely to be sellers than buyers at this year's deadline.
Cold6/23/2013 10:19:00 PM
Description: Mariners DH Kendrys Morales hit a pinch-hit three-run walk-off homer off Oakland closer Grant Balfour in the bottom of the 10th inning Sunday.
Insight: Morales needed that one badly. The DH had not homered since May 31 and is hitting just .130 (7-for-54) with zero extra-base hits and three RBI over his last 14 starts.
Cold6/21/2013 1:53:00 PM
Description: Mariners DH Kendrys Morales is a career .071 hitter against Oakland veteran hurler Bartolo Colon.
Insight: Morales was just 3-for-17 in the Mariners' four-game series with Anaheim, although he's always hit Oakland well and owns 15 homers and 43 RBI in 61 career games against the A's. You should probably avoid this matchup.
6/14/2013 9:59:00 AM
Description: Mariners DH Kendrys Morales (back) was out of the lineup Wednesday, his second consecutive missed start, and is questionable for Friday's game against Oakland.
Insight: The team doesn't think it's serious and after a day off on Thursday should be ready to get back in the lineup for the weekend. Morales is hitting .292 with eight homers and 35 RBI.
6/12/2013 6:22:00 PM
Description: Mariners DH Kendrys Morales (back) is out of the lineup again Wednesday.
Insight: Morales was scratched from Tuesday's lineup due to lingering lower back soreness. He was removed from Saturday's game with the same injury.
6/11/2013 9:07:00 PM
Description: Mariners DH Kendrys Morales was scratched from Tuesday's lineup.
Insight: More lower back stiffness for Morales. He was removed from Saturday's game with the same injury.
Hot5/26/2013 8:35:00 PM
Description: Mariners DH Kendrys Morales had three hits on Sunday, including a home run, his sixth of the season, to continue hit hot hitting.
Insight: Morales is 13-for-27 (.481) over his last six games with seven extra base hits. We've always known he could hit, it's just been a matter of getting and staying healthy. Now if the Mariners can just get Michael Morse going again they could have the nucleus to a good hitting lineup.
5/19/2013 9:17:00 AM
Description: Mariners DH Kendrys Morales is batting .294 with two homers and an .847 OPS in May, but he has a tough matchup ahead of him Sunday.
Insight: Morales is facing Indians right-hander Justin Masterson, against whom he is 1-for-11 (.091).
5/7/2013 6:08:00 PM
Description: Mariners DH Kendrys Morales is not in the starting lineup Tuesday against the Pirates.
Insight: The Mariners are playing a two-game set at Pittsburgh, so they cannot use the designated hitter. Morales is hitting .261 with three homers and a .756 OPS this season.
4/28/2013 9:40:00 AM
Description: Mariners DH Kendrys Morales is 5-for-12 with a couple of home runs and a 1.378 OPS against Angels left-hander Jason Vargas.
Insight: Morales is getting most of the DH opportunities and is batting .261 with three homers and 10 RBI. He's had a hit in each of the first three games of this series.
Cold4/19/2013 10:08:00 AM
Description: Mariners DH Kendrys Morales is 1-for-15 with eight strikeouts against Texas right-hander Yu Darvish.
Insight: Morales is getting most of the DH opportunities and is batting .259 with a homer and seven RBI, but just one RBI in his last five games. This isn't the matchup that will get him going, so put him on the bench.
4/12/2013 10:33:00 AM
Description: Mariners DH Kendrys Morales must be taken out of all fantasy lineups when Seattle is facing right-hander Yu Darvish. He's hitless against Darvish with eight strikeouts in 13 at-bats.
Insight: Morales is getting most of the DH opportunities and is batting .286 with a home and six RBI. The Mariners' offense is averaging 4.2 runs per game this season, as compared to 3.8 a year ago, which should be a good omen for Morales. But not on Friday versus Darvish.

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