Kendrys Morales 1B/DH MIN 1 Month

Kendrys Morales is batting sixth and DHing in his Twins debut Monday night against the Blue Jays.

Morales signed a one-year contract worth $7.6 million (prorated) on Friday with Minnesota and will be the club's new regular designated hitter. He had 23 homers and 80 RBI in 156 games last season with the Mariners and should be owned in all standard mixed fantasy leagues.

Kendrys Morales 1B/DH MIN 1 Month

Twins signed DH Kendrys Morales to a one-year, prorated $12 million contract.

He'll receive about $7.6 million in the prorated deal. Morales is expected to skip a minor league rehab assignment and report directly to the Twins upon passing his physical. He'll serve as the Twins' everyday designated hitter, replacing Jason Kubel. Morales hit .277/.336/.449 with 23 homers and 80 RBI last season for the Mariners.

Kendrys Morales 1B/DH MIN 2 Months

A source tells Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press that Kendrys Morales will skip a minor league rehab assignment and report directly to the Twins upon passing his physical.

Despite not having taken a single at-bat this season, it seems Morales will be thrust directly into the Twins' lineup. The Twins aren't planning to announce anything regarding a deal until the physical is passed, so Morales won't likely join the team until Monday or Tuesday at the earliest. There may be some initial rust, but he's a must-add in any mixed leagues where he's still available.

Kendrys Morales 1B/DH MIN 2 Months

The Twins and Kendrys Morales have agreed to a one-year contract worth a prorated portion of $12 million.

That means that Morales, pending he passes his physical, will earn in the neighborhood of $8 million this season. No word yet on what a corresponding roster move may be once he does sign, but Jason Kubel is a candidate to be designated for assignment.

Kendrys Morales 1B/DH MIN 2 Months

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Twins have reached an agreement with free agent Kendrys Morales.

No word yet on the terms or financial details of the contract. He makes for a very nice addition to a struggling Twins offense. He should see plenty of time as the designated hitter in the Twins lineup, which would cut into the playing time of Jason Kubel quite considerably.

Kendrys Morales 1B/DH MIN 2 Months

Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas reports that the Rangers are one of several teams who have expressed interest in free agent slugger Kendrys Morales.

The market for Morales has heated up substantially, now that the draft has begun and he's no longer tied to draft pick compensation. The Mariners, Brewers, Yankees and Royals have also been mentioned as possible suitors.

Kendrys Morales 1B/DH MIN 2 Months

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman writes that Kendrys Morales will "likely" sign with a team within the next day or two.

This isn't unexpected, as teams will be able to sign Morales without giving up a draft pick after Thursday's First-Year Player Draft. Heyman hears that Scott Boras declined the Yankees' request to wait a few days while they monitor the progress of Carlos Beltran and Mark Teixeira, so teams like the Brewers and Mariners might be best-positioned to make a deal. For what it's worth, Heyman hears that a "mystery team" is also in the mix. Look for some resolution soon.

Kendrys Morales 1B/DH MIN 2 Months

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman hears that the Royals are "weighing a run" at free agent Kendrys Morales.

The Royals are last in the AL in runs scored, so it's not surprising that they are trying to upgrade their offense, but Heyman hears that they'd likely have to shed some salary to make a legitimate push. Billy Butler is one possibility, but given his struggles, they could be hard-pressed to find a match. Teams like the Yankees and Brewers are probably more realistic fits for Morales.

Kendrys Morales 1B/DH MIN 2 Months

According to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, the Yankees are "believed to have reached out to" free agent Kendrys Morales.

Heyman adds that the Yankees are "thought to be awaiting the results of Mark Teixeira's medical re-evaluation before making a big play." Teixeira was given a cortisone shot Saturday for lingering soreness in his surgically-repaired wrist and will likely be placed on the disabled list if the injection doesn't do the trick. Morales is expected to sign shortly after the 2014 MLB Amateur Draft, which begins Thursday. He's been on the market since last November because his free agency is tied to draft pick compensation.

Kendrys Morales 1B/DH MIN 2 Months

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Yankees "are among the teams with potential interest" in Kendrys Morales.

They would obviously wait until after next week's draft to sign him in order to avoid forfeiting a draft pick. Morales would make some sense for the Yankees given injury concerns with Carlos Beltran (elbow) and Mark Teixeira (wrist). The Rangers have also been mentioned as a potential landing spot for Morales following Prince Fielder's (neck) injury. The Brewers are a fit on paper, but Rosenthal says they're worried about Morales' ability to play first base.