Jordan Tuwiner wrote:I'd consider it. He's not the big bat the O's need, but I see him more as a solid hitter.
He'd be a nice addition, but he's not worth more than one of our #10-12 prospects IMO.
I was just starting to compose a reply saying the same thing. Morales was still recovering from a serious leg injury last year, but it doesn't explain why his OBA went down. I think his real upside is that he will be playing in his "contract" year so he should be very motivated to put up good numbers. I like the switch hitter component, too.
IMO something like two of Clayton Schrader, Michael Belfiore, or Oliver Drake would be a fair price. All of those guys are about a year away from the ML and the Angels need bullpen arms. We have a surplus there.
ofahn wrote:I think his real upside is that he will be playing in his "contract" year so he should be very motivated to put up good numbers.
Matt P wrote:
UM, yes; or I wouldn't have typed it.
At the time he signed he was one of the second generation, big money Cuban free agents. His agent is now Scott Boras. Boras counsels players in Morales' position about the importance of their contract year so he can get them big money on the market. Regardless of whom he plays for I would expect Morales to have a big year in 2013.
birdwatcher55 wrote:Not with Hamilton under contract. Morales will likely be batting sixth or seventh in that lineup .. not a spot to put up the big numbers Boras craves
osforlife wrote:I don't see the Angels trading him. The only player I see them trading is one of Vernon Wells and Peter Bourjos. Iannetta, Pujols, Kendrick, Callaspo, Aybar, Hamilton, Trout, Trumbo, Morales.
I could see them trading him if:
1) they believe they can't find a market for Wells
2) they believe they need to add some ML ready (or almost ready) bull pen pieces
3) Boras advises him to become a squeaky wheel so he can get out of LA and be assured of playing time in his contract year
I can easily see any of those things happening.
osforlife wrote:1.) If they can't find a market for Wells, they'll trade Bourjos.
osforlife wrote:2.) They'll likely ask for bullpen pieces from Bourjos/Wells.
osforlife wrote:3.) I seriously doubt Mike Scioscia will play Vernon Wells over Kendry Morales. Morales is likely to DH almost everyday in LA just like last year.