Sep 27, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners designated hitter Kendrys Morales (8) rounds the bases after hitting a solo-home run against the Oakland Athletics during the sixth inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Tex Injury Concern Prompts Yanks To Reach Out To Morales

According to Jon Heyman, the New York Yankees have reached out to free agent 1B/DH Kendrys Morales. The interest likely stems, in large part, from Mark Teixeira re-injuring his wrist.

While it seems the Yankees are waiting to find out Tuesday what exactly is wrong with Teixeira before they make any formal offers to Morales, right now he seems like a logical additional to the Yankees’ woeful offense. If Teixeira has to miss significant time, Morales can be the everyday first baseman. If Teixeira can get back to the team soon, Morales gives the Yankees something they don’t have right now – a backup first baseman. He would of course get plenty of at-bats at DH, with Alfonso Soriano not having a great year.

The Yankees seem to want to wait to find out about Teixeira’s future, but they may need to make a move soon if they are serious about bringing Morales in, as Seattle and Texas have also been linked to the slugger lately. Be watchful of the timeline here, as the MLB First Year Player Draft is coming up on the 5th of June. If the Yankees hold off on signing Morales after the draft, then the team will not be on the hook for a draft pick to the Seattle Mariners.

It s likely that whomever signs Morales will be able to have the thirty-year-old on a team friendly deal for the remainder of the season. Morales could parlay a solid second half into a multi-year contract in the offseason. To bring in Morales, or anyone else, the Yankees would likely have to clear a roster spot by releasing someone like Kelly Johnson, and I don’t think you will get much of argument out of Yankees’ fans if that’s the case.

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