Hit with recent concerns surrounding Mark Teixeira's surgically repaired right wrist, the Yankees have joined the list of teams that could make a run at free-agent DH/first baseman Kendrys Morales, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. Heyman also says that the Yankees are believed to have reached out to Morales recently.
Morales is expected to sign shortly after the MLB Draft this Thursday when the draft pick compensation attached to him will forever go away, letting teams sign him without the need of giving up a draft pick to the Seattle Mariners, his former club.
Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner was recently asked by the NY Post about the possibilities of the Yanks going after Morales.
“We never say never, we always look at all possibilities,’’ Steinbrenner told The Post last Thursday. “Right now we are doing it from within and I think Tex is going to be okay, but anything is possible.’’
Teixeira was back in the Yankees' lineup tonight for the first time in almost a week on Friday, but left in the middle of Saturday's game because of soreness in the right wrist. He sat out of Sunday's game, as well as tonight's against the Mariners, and isn't expected to be back until tomorrow at the earlier, when he will also be re-evaluated.
I never thought that Morales would have a place on the Yankees' roster, but there was also a certain something that made him seem like a really good fit with the club. The recent injuries to Teixeira and Carlos Beltran have opened up the opportunity for him to play in the Bronx. He can DH, play first base and even get in some time in right field if needed.
Over the past two seasons against AL East teams, Morales has seven homers, 12 doubles, a .356 batting average, so it would be safe to say that he could come in and produce in the middle of the lineup right away, especially if they are expecting Teixeira to miss any extended period of time.