There are reports circulating around the New York Yankees that they are interested in free agent first baseman Kendrys Morales. While the Yankees do have a need for some added pop in their lineup Morales is just not the answer for several reasons.
Morales, 30, hit .277/.336/.449 with 23 home runs, 80 RBI, 34 doubles and 64 runs scored. However, the Seattle Mariners offered him a qualifying offer which means that any team signing Morales would have to surrender a first-round pick. Morales is a nice player but the Yankees already have a first baseman in Mark Teixeira. They also have a crowded outfield and can’t afford to use Morales as their primary DH because they will need to keep that spot open for aging veterans.
The Yankees’ interest should be nothing more than due diligence and not a serious inquiry. Morales simply doesn’t have a place to play and the Yankees shouldn’t surrender a first-round pick for a player like Morales. There are much greater needs, specifically in the starting rotation, bullpen, third base and of course re-signing Robinson Cano.
Morales might have a nice clubhouse presence and his bat has the kind of pop the Yankees need but with no place to play every day the move would be nothing more than a poor allocation of precious financial resources. Even if Morales was a capable outfielder there would still be no place for him on the roster unless Vernon Wells and Ichiro Suzuki are moved. The Yankees might be able to get away with a Brett Gardner, Alfonso Soriano and Morales outfield it might be among the worst in baseball with Soriano and Morales in the corners. There just isn’t a spot for Morales on the roster.
General manager Brian Cashman has bigger needs and doesn’t have the unlimited financial resources the Yankees normally do if the Yankees are indeed serious about getting under the $189 million luxury tax threshold. Morales wants a multi-year deal and won’t be cheap. Throw in the fact the Yankees would have to surrender a draft pick and this deal just doesn’t make sense. More than likely, this was just Brian Cashman doing his homework thoroughly. Don’t expect Morales to be fitted for pinstripes anytime soon.