Kendrys Morales
DH TOR
2 days ago

Morales will play first base during the Jays' interleague games while filling in on defense a handful of times to rest regulars in 2017, the Toronto Star reports.

EDGE Analysis

Toronto's offseason addition looked sloppy Saturday in his spring debut at first base. Morales made two errors, one of which led to an unearned run, in his five innings playing the field. Fortunately for fantasy purposes, the slugger's inability to field the ball at times won't be an issue. What's noteworthy about this news is that Morales could become first-base eligible for the latter half of the fantasy season. The Jays play their 10th game in a National League park on Aug. 20, but assuming the current DH-only covers the bag for a few contests earlier in the campaign, Morales' roster flexibility may grow sometime around the Midsummer Classic.

Kendrys Morales
DH TOR
6 days ago

Morales is 11-for-30 (.367) with two home runs and a 1.091 OPS through 12 Grapefruit League games.

EDGE Analysis

Morales continues to be largely overlooked in fantasy drafts, but for unfathomable reasons. He was brought to Toronto to replace Edwin Encarnacion; however, by no means should Morales' fantasy value be based on a comparison to the former. Mitigating the loss of Encarnacion is practically impossible, but Morales was arguably the best option on the market this offseason. Since 2009, the 33-year-old has displayed offensive prowess worthy of respect. Morales peppers hits all over the diamond, makes above-average contact and owns a ridiculous .300 batting average with runners in scoring position over the past seven seasons combined. Now living in one of the most hitter-friendly ballparks in MLB, Morales has a legitimate chance to challenge some of his career-best numbers. If one wants to nitpick, slightly dropping Morales' value due to his lack of position eligibility would be fair.

Kendrys Morales
DH TOR
1 month ago

Morales went 2-for-2 with a solo homer and two RBI in his Grapefruit League debut Sunday against the Phillies.

EDGE Analysis

Morales wasted no time in getting the team and Jays' faithful excited about their headline acquisition from this offseason. He drove in a run with an infield single in his first at-bat, then sent a ball towering over the right-field fence in the third inning off Phillies' reliever Joaquin Benoit. Morales, who's entering his 11th MLB season at age 33, hit 30 homers and drove in 93 runs with a .795 OPS for Kansas City last season. The year before, he notched 106 RBI and crossed the plate himself 81 times while cracking 22 deep flies. He's booked as the team's DH and will hit from the middle of the Jays' potent lineup. Morales was signed to replace the production lost by Edwin Encarnacion's move to the Indians, and although he can't be expected to put up Encarnacion-type numbers, Morales should be a great source of production and a high draft pick across all leagues.

Kendrys Morales
DH TOR
1 month ago

Morales worked a lot of his defense during the offseason in preparation for a possible platoon role at first base, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet reports.

EDGE Analysis

Morales seems optimistic about playing a bit more on defense in 2017 than he has in recent seasons, but manager John Gibbons made clear Saturday that Morales playing the field is not part of the plan. "He came here to DH," Gibbons said. "Of course you play interleague games, he'll get those games at first, but that's not his job, that's not why he was brought here. We'll get him out there occasionally." The important note to take away from the coach's comments is that Morales won't lose at-bats during interleague play, putting the 33-year-old on track for a third-straight season of 550-plus at-bats.

Kendrys Morales
DH TOR
5 months 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
5 months 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
5 months 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
6 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
6 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
6 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.