April 20, 2014

MLB Trade Rumors: Indians eying Kendrys Morales

ESPN’s Jim Bowden reports that multiple American League teams are interested in trading for Los Angeles Angels slugger Kendrys Morales.

The Angels reportedly want to hold on to both Mark Trumbo and Peter Bourjos following the signing of Josh Hamilton, and could look to shop Morales to DH-needy teams. Bowden considers the Tampa Bay Rays, Houston Astros, and Cleveland Indians as possible destinations.

The 29-year old Morales provided a slash line of .273/.320/.467 through 484 at-bats last season. In 2009, the switch-hitting Morales was fifth in MVP voting after providing an OPS+ of 139. Morales suffered an ankle injury on May 29, 2010, during a celebration of his walk-off grand slam, which kept him out of the Major League for nearly two years.

[Related: Trevor Bauer, and the Indians’ starting pitching outlook]

  • Jaker

    Hello Angels, have you met Chris Perez?!?!?

  • FearTheRoo

    He’s old and injury prone, so it seems like a logical target for the Indians. But the downfall is that his batting average is a little too high.

  • Ritz

    Not that old and had a freak injury… 3 years younger than Swisher

  • Hypno_Toad

    I want Trumbo, but I’d settle for Bourjos.

    I’ll pass on Kendrys.

  • vote yes on issue morales

    I’d want a solid level prospect or 2 but sign me up. 29 for a DH/1B isn’t that old and before the injury he was an elite talent. Even if he maintains what he did last year he would fit well into our lineup. Could be in for a big rebound season in right situation IMO

  • mgbode

    they have but they call him Frieri.

  • mgbode

    definitely would take a shot on him if his ankle passes exams well enough. i still cannot believe players don’t give space after walkoffs after his injury.

  • mgbode

    why? i don’t get that. dude had a 121OPS+. as long as his ankle checks out clean (and it should), he’d be the best hitter on the team day1.