Royals That Could Be Traded – Number 5: Kendrys Morales
While there hasn’t been a whole lot of buzz on Kendrys Morales wearing another jersey after this weekend, that doesn’t mean he’s not an option to be shipped off.
Morales is in the last year of his contract with the Royals and has improved his numbers after a slow start to the season. He had a monstrous 2015 season, slashing .290/.362/.485 and helping the Royals win their first championship in 30 years.
Despite Morales’ contract being up after this season, he more than likely won’t be dealt by the Royals.
While Morales’ 2016 campaign hasn’t been as impressive (he’s only batting .249 through July 29th), he could still serve as a nice power hitter in a team’s lineup. Morales has also spent a few games at first base and in right field this season, so he’s not strictly just a designated hitter.
Max Rieper of Royals Review wrote a piece on why no teams want to trade for Morales, and his reasoning is that teams simply don’t need a designated hitter on their team. He mentioned the Rangers and Astros as teams potentially needing a DH, but both have tried their luck at putting other guys in the spot.
Despite Morales’ contract being up after this season, he more than likely won’t be dealt by the Royals. Any time a player is in the final year of his contract, however, that automatically makes them being traded a possibility and that’s why Morales is fifth on this list.
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