Royals Sign DH Kendrys Morales, Acquire RHP GustaveFollow @RoyalsBlue_com
The Kansas City Royals have acquired free agent Kendrys Morales for 2 years and $17 Million. The switch hitting DH split time last season between Minnesota and Seattle, and had a sub par year for both squads. You may remember Morales set out until June of last season while waiting for an offer. His price tag was considered to hefty then with a compensatory pick attached. So after the June draft the Twins signed him to a one year deal, only to trade him away in July. Kendrys is currently 31 and at this point in his career considered a DH only.
This is a curious move to me as the Royals let a younger, better version of Kendrys Morales go earlier this offseason in Billy Butler. Butler signed a 3 year $30 million dollar deal with the Athletics in November. Morales is a life time .271 hitter who has only played in 100 games 3 times in his 8 year career. Though during those three years he did manage to hit over 20 homers and slug over .449. Butler meanwhile posted a career average of .295 and had his worst year offensively in 2014 posting a .271 average. He also has a career slugging percentage of .449, where Morales is at .460.
Though I still believe letting Butler go was a good move. I definitely do not think bringing in Morales was an upgrade, even if you go dollar for dollar with what Billy got in Oakland. I know we needed a DH and a right handed batter, but recently the Royals had been stating they wanted to platoon the DH role with everyday players to give them added rest. I really think this move was a lack of any other option type deal for GMDM, and one that smells of Juan Gonzales and Chuck Knoblach of years ago.
The Royals also announced they have acquired right handed pitcher Jandel Gustave from Boston. Boston had selected Gustave in the Rule 5 draft earlier in the day, meaning the Royals must try and find a home for him on the 25 man roster for the upcoming season. Gustave will be yet another hard throwing bullpen option at Ned Yost's disposal, but as he has never pitched above A ball, he will most likely be used in low leverage situations much like Finnigan was utilized when he was first brought on board at the end of the 2014 season.
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