Kendrys Morales a MarinerDecember 19th, 2012 by terrybenish
Intra-division deal with Angels to get power hitting Angel first baseman. He returned after breaking his leg in May of 2010 and missing all of 2011. The interesting tell is that he struggled his first few months back, but his August and September OPS was .900 and .865.
Whether he’s a dh or first basemen will be determined in spring training when they see his mobility. It is premature to say if this affects Montero or Smoak more. The acquisition reminds me of the Brett Boone acquisition in that he was coming off an injury.
It is a good deal.
Vargas is three or four elsewhere. He gave up 72 extra base hits last year, 35 bombs. 26 of those were away last year in smaller parks, which Seattle is moving towards this winter. Homers allowed has gone up each of last four years.
They are each arb eligible and Morales is cheaper. Both Free Agents after next season.
Best deal in years.