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Angels will tender Kendrys Morales

Posted on: December 10, 2011 6:50 pm
 
Kendrys MoralesBy C. Trent Rosecrans

You might have heard, but the Angels signed a first baseman. So the question was what they may do with their other first basemen, Mark Trumbo and Kendrys Morales.

While it has been mentioned that Trumbo could be moved to third base or a corner outfield spot (which is still to be seen), the team could non-tender Morales, who will be eligible for arbitration. He made $2.975 million in 2011, but hasn't played since breaking his left leg in 2010. The Angels, however, will tender him a contract, Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto said during Saturday's press conference for Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson.

Angels manager Mike Scioscia said he expected Morales to not only return to the Angels' lineup, but also bat cleanup, presumably as the team's designated hitter.

"The one thing that sets us up really well if Kendrys Morales is coming back; just his presence, being from the left side," Scioscia said (via MLB.com). "Right now, a player like Albert, there's really only one way to protect him. One is get guys on base in front of him, and the other is to have some depth behind him that will take advantage when they walk him, or he gets on base a lot, too. So I think we're going to get guys in front that hopefully are not going to set the table, but be able to run and get in scoring position and do things that you want for the middle of your lineup."

Of course, last spring training there was hope Morales would be able to return early in the season and he never played. I'll wait to see him on the field before I put him in any lineup.

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Comments

Since: Apr 16, 2007
Posted on: December 12, 2011 8:50 pm
 

Angels will tender Kendrys Morales

Angels might not be done making deals. We may have one too many at 1B and/or DH. Would be nice to get a solid 3B.



Since: Jan 16, 2008
Posted on: December 12, 2011 3:35 pm
 

Angels will tender Kendrys Morales

are you high?


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Since: Dec 11, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 8:33 pm
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Since: Apr 17, 2008
Posted on: December 11, 2011 12:21 pm
 

Angels will tender Kendrys Morales

Watch Scioscia make a molehill out of the mountainous Angels lineup by hitting Izturis, Aybar & Abreu in front of Albert.  One thing has been certain with Scioscia, he is allergic to offense.  He loves the punch & judy middle infielders to play second, short & even third and has probably the worst outfield ever in baseball when subjected to cost analysis.  Ever.  As far as outlook for this season, if Morales can play (big if) then Trumbo will be a bench or AAA player who won't play third at all & will only play sparingly in the OF even if the albatrosses get injured (because Trout & lesser outfielders will get first crack inevitably if history serves as a teacher).  Of the two signings, I look for Wilson to help the team more than Albert when it comes to who those guys are replacing.  CJ is a stud that pitches at the 2 or moves Weaver to the 2 AND more importantly is a guy that you took away from your main divisional foe. If Scioscia actually does make Trumbo a non-factor (he will), Albert's production will more than replace him in the lineup but not by the leaps & bounds that the pitching staff is improved by the addition of Wilson.



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2011 12:21 pm
 

Angels will tender Kendrys Morales

I heard the offer includes Morales shining King Alberts shoes only on week-ends until Trumbo is ready to handle the polish on a full-time basis.



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2011 10:59 am
 

Angels will tender Kendrys Morales

Isn't Morales is a better defensive player than Pujols? If I was him I would bolt to another team.



Since: Oct 26, 2009
Posted on: December 11, 2011 9:22 am
 

Angels will tender Kendrys Morales

The Angels got a lot better, but did they get 10 games + better to catch the Rangers? I don't know. I still like Texas as the team to beat in the AL West.
The Angels adding Pujols+Wilson, and the Rangers losing Wilson means a 10 gane swing, even if Morales does not come back



Since: Aug 2, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 1:46 am
 

Angels will tender Kendrys Morales

Great news for the Angels




Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: December 11, 2011 12:06 am
 

Angels will tender Kendrys Morales

@malloman

Didn't you realize the wildcard stays in the AL East? They have won 13 of the 17!!



Since: Dec 24, 2009
Posted on: December 10, 2011 11:45 pm
 

Angels will tender Kendrys Morales

Even without the new players, the Angels are a much better team than they were last year because of Morales coming back. But so are the Rangers a better team. For one thing the Rangers young pitching staff has another year under its belt, Neftali Feliz should be able to fill C. J. Wilson's spot in the rotation adequately. Feldman coming back healthy is insurance if a starter goes down, or he could make the rotation out of spring training. The offense is solid. And even if Napoli comes back to earth a bit, someone else will take up the slack.

As a Rangers fan, I hope the Rangers remain better than the Angels. But I also am aware that Seattle and Oakland could get better, so it may take fewer wins to win the division this year.

I really like C. J. Wilson, especially his attention to doing the things that have kept him on top of his game. I expect him to remain healthy throughout his contract. But I understand that the Rangers just have too much pitching to invest the kind of money it would have taken to keep him. Still, as a fan, he will be missed.

My ideal scenario would be for the Rangers to win the division and the Angels be the wildcard. Then, let the playoffs decide who's the best if they should meet.




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