According to Mark Feinsand of the NY Daily News, Kendrys Morales is not on the New York Yankees‘ radar, because there are too many holes to fill and not enough money to spend on the first base and DH positions.
In my opinion, this is the right move for a number of obvious reasons. First of all, the Yanks are expecting Mark Teixeira to come back next year fully healthy, and should again be a 30 home run and 100 RBI guy like he has been three out of the five years since joining New York. If he stays on the field most of the season, as he should in 2014, it would force Morales to primarily the DH position, and the Yankees can’t afford to spend their money this way.
The Yanks need to keep the DH hole open like a revolving door, with all of the aging superstars on their roster to have half a day off. Derek Jeter, Tex and Alex Rodriguez (if he does win his appeal and is on the roster next year), will need to have games in which they don’t take the field, in order to keep them healthy for the majority of the season.
In addition, Morales is not guaranteed to stay injury free. Ever since he broke his ankle celebrating a walk-off grand slam with the Los Angeles Angels in 2010, he has been a shell of his former self. In 2009, he was a breakout star, hitting .306 with 34 homers and 108 RBI. Since then, however, he hasn’t hit over 80 RBI in a season.
Let’s face it, a full-time DH is a rare thing in this age of baseball. Only David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox is a notable player in the bigs who is paid solely to step up to the plate. It is irresponsible for the Yankees to spend precious dollars on Morales, whose only job responsibilities would be to hit, and he is not in the same stratosphere as Ortiz. Let another team in the American League spend what is estimated to be $30 million on Morales, and the Yanks allocate their assets on other, more important pieces to fill up their roster.