Kendrys Morales
DH TOR
1 month ago

Morales agreed to a three-year, $33 million contract with the Blue Jays on Friday, pending a physical, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran got off to a sluggish start in 2016, batting .226 and .163 in April and May, respectively, but he bounced back and finished with 30 homers and 93 RBI for Kansas City. It was his second career 30-homer season and first since 2009. He's an established, switch-hitting middle-of-the-order bat and should help pick up the slack if Edwin Encarnacion and/or Jose Bautista leave in free agency.

Kendrys Morales
DH TOR
1 month ago

Morales was not tendered a qualifying offer by the Royals on Monday, Rustin Dodd of the Kansas City Star reports.

EDGE Analysis

The risk that Morales would actually sign the qualifying offer was simply to great for the Royals to bear, so now Morales is officially able to pursue any free agent contract. Since there's no lost draft pick to sign him anymore, the switch-hitter could command a decent price on the market given his solid power (52 home runs over the past two years).

Kendrys Morales
DH TOR
1 month ago

Morales declined his mutual option Friday, making him a free agent.

EDGE Analysis

The Royals will still have a chance to extend a qualifying offer, but Morales will be able to also test the waters of free agency. The switch hitter swatted 30 home runs and drove in 93 runs, which should help him maintain a nice designated hitter role wherever he lands over the winter.

Kendrys Morales
DH TOR
2 months ago

Morales, who has an opt-out clause as part of a mutual option for 2017, could receive a qualifying offer if he elects to exercise that clause, the Kansas City Star reports.

EDGE Analysis

After a slow start, Morales rebounded to hit 30 homers in 2016, his highest total since he swatted 34 long balls in 2009 for the Angels. Overall, his line slipped to .263/.327/.468 in 2016 from .290/.362/.485 in 2015. At age-33, it's easy to wonder if there will be a long list of American League teams willing to offer up a multi-year deal if Morales becomes a free agent, but he's likely to receive a raise next season whether it's with Kansas City or elsewhere.

Kendrys Morales
DH TOR
2 months ago

Morales went 3-for-5 with a double, two runs scored and two RBI in Sunday's win over the Tigers.

EDGE Analysis

That's now three straight multi-hit performances for Morales, pushing his slash line for September up to .352/.408/.659 in 88 at-bats with eight home runs, 15 runs scored and an incredible 29 RBI.

Kendrys Morales
DH TOR
3 months ago

Morales went 2-for-4 with a solo homer, walk and two runs overall in Saturday's 7-4 win over the Tigers.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran slugger hit the 30-homer mark for only the second time in his career and first time since 2009 with his eighth round-tripper of September. Morales also has a whopping 27 RBI during the month, propelling him to a second straight season with at least 90 runs driven in. Following Saturday's production, the 33-year-old is hitting .337 (28-for-83) in September, a tally that includes seven multi-hit efforts.

Kendrys Morales
DH TOR
3 months ago

Morales went 1-for-3 with a three-run homer against the White Sox on Monday.

EDGE Analysis

It was his 438-foot blast that chased opposing starter Carlos Rodon with no outs in the fifth inning. Morales has homered on consecutive days and is now just one short of hitting 30 long balls for the second time in his career. September's been his best month yet in 2016, as Morales has hit seven homers and driven in 25 runs to go with a .349 average over just 17 games.

Kendrys Morales
DH TOR
3 months ago

Morales went 3-for-4 with his 26th homer, two RBI and two runs against the Twins on Wednesday.

EDGE Analysis

He unloaded on the Twins over the course of this three-game series, smashing four homers and driving in 10 runs. Morales also has a 10-game hitting streak going; after muddling through most of the first four months (with the exception of a white-hot June), he's poised to finish on a high note and make a serious run at his second career 30-homer season.

Kendrys Morales
DH TOR
3 months ago

Morales hit a pair of home runs and knocked in five runs in a 2-for-5 game in Tuesday's drubbing of the Twins.

EDGE Analysis

Morales now has a ridiculous 13 RBI powered by five home runs in his past five games after mustering his third multi-homer effort of the season Tuesday. His 25 home runs is the most he's hit since he mashed 34 in his career year of 2009 as a 26-year-old. However, he has just 19 doubles this season after hitting 41 in 2015, and his lack of all-around power production has helped lower his OPS from .847 to .776.

Kendrys Morales
DH TOR
3 months ago

Morales went 1-for-3 with a three-run homer and two walks en route to an 11-5 win over the Twins on Monday.

EDGE Analysis

Morales' three-run shot came at a crucial time for the Royals, with two outs and two runners on in the fifth inning trailing 4-2. It was an absolute bomb to right field. It was Morales' 23rd of the season, tying his best mark since 2009, and continues a recent hot stretch in which Morales is slashing .327/.386/.551 over his last 15 games.