Kendrys Morales 1B/DH KC 4 Months

Morales signed a two-year, $17 million deal with the Royals on Thursday, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.

Morales essentially steps in for Billy Butler but at a much cheaper price.The 31-year-old totaled 367 at-bats for the Mariners and Twins last season, hitting a combined .218 with 42 RBI and eight home runs. He should step in as Kansas City's every day DH and will look to return to the from that saw him hit .277 with 23 home runs for Seattle in 2013.

Kendrys Morales 1B/DH KC 6 Months

Morales hit his seventh homer of the season Friday in a win against the A's.

It was Morales' first hit in his last 14 at-bats. He had been picking up the pace for the Mariners before cooling lately. Prior to his recent downturn, he had an .829 OPS with five homers since Aug. 12.

Kendrys Morales 1B/DH KC 7 Months

Morales went 2-for-4 with a pair of two-run homers in Friday's 7-5 victory over the Rangers.

After a couple of months worth of struggles, Morales has been a solid source of production during the past few weeks. Over his last 21 games, dating back to August 12, the switch-hitting veteran has posted an .807 OPS to go along with five home runs and 14 RBI across 86 plate appearances. The trade that sent Morales from Minnesota to Seattle back on July 24 certainly seems to be working out nicely for the Mariners.

Kendrys Morales 1B/DH KC 7 Months

Morales smacked his fourth home run of the season Wednesday against Philadelphia, going 2-for-4 in the loss.

Morales has been solid over the last 10 days, putting together four multi-hit games and collecting three home runs.

Kendrys Morales 1B/DH KC 7 Months

Morales is out of the lineup Tuesday at Philadelphia, Shannon Drayer of 710 AM ESPN Seattle reports.

Morales is faring a bit better at the plate this month -- .250/.324/.400 with two homers, nine RBI, and four runs in 60 at-bats -- but with no DH in a National League park, he'll sit in favor of Logan Morrison at first base, while Endy Chavez mans right field.

Kendrys Morales 1B/DH KC 7 Months

Morales homered in his second consecutive game Wednesday vs. the Blue Jays, giving the Mariners a 2-0 lead that would ultimately hold up as the final score.

The late start to Morales' season has mostly limited his power to this point, but he could be on the cusp of a breakout. He's now supplied four extra-base hits in his last three games, offering the Mariners some reassurance that they didn't acquire a lemon in their late-July deal with the Twins.

Kendrys Morales 1B/DH KC 8 Months

Morales hit his first home run (second overall this year) with the Mariners since they re-acquired him from the Twins in July, while going 2-for-4 at the plate and adding a double in Tuesday's win over the Blue Jays.

It's been a rough few weeks for Morales ever since he returned to the Mariners, as he is batting just .184 in 17 games with the club. After sitting out most of the year, Morales has failed to get into a groove, as he owns a measly .219/.252/.315 slash line in 219 at-bats this season with the Twins and the Mariners.

Kendrys Morales 1B/DH KC 8 Months

Mariners acquired 1B/DH Kendrys Morales from the Twins for RHP Stephen Pryor.

Morales is back in Seattle after hitting just .234/.259/.325 in 162 plate appearances with the Twins, who signed him to a prorated one-year, $12 million contract in early June. The 31-year-old tallied 23 home runs and 80 RBI last season for the Mariners and will try to recapture that magic down the stretch. He was given a one-year, $14.1 million qualifying offer from the M's last fall and declined it, leading to his extended unemployment.

Kendrys Morales 1B/DH KC 8 Months

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Twins are "open to trading" Kendrys Morales.

Well, of course they are. Morales is under contract only for this season and the Twins are well out of the playoff picture, so it makes all the sense in the world to get something for Morales now if they can. While the designated hitter is sporting a lowly .599 OPS, he's picked it up of late with a 12-game hitting streak. The Mariners, Brewers, Yankees and Royals were among the teams pursuing Morales before the Twins signed him, but it's not which if any of those clubs could still have interest in the 31-year-old.

Kendrys Morales 1B/DH KC 9 Months

Kendrys Morales enjoyed his return to Seattle, going 1-for-4 with a double and two RBI to finish off a big series in Thursday's 4-2 victory.

The veteran's two-run fifth inning double proved to be the difference. Morales entered this series batting just .216, but he hit safely in all four games, going 5-for-15 (.333) with three doubles and five RBI. His slash line is getting better by the day, though it still looks gruesome at .231/.252/.325.