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.