One day after the A's designated the veteran first baseman/designated hitter for assignment, Morales was traded to the New York Yankees for a player to be named later or cash considerations. Between call-ups, trades and free agent signings, he's had to take a shot on some lottery tickets and hope they stuck.
Kendrys Morales was unemployed for roughly 24 hours.
The Yankees are plenty familiar with Morales, who spent the 2017 and 2018 seasons in the American League East with the Toronto Blue Jays, where he hit 49 home runs over those two campaigns.
First of all, expect Miguel Andujar to have the season ending surgery on his labrum.
And while Morales is more known for his bat than his glove, he also provides another backup to Luke Voit at first base with Greg Bird still on the injured list. That's a lot of bad luck. He's a.262 career hitter vs righties and just past year he hit.274 with an.860 OPS against right-handed pitching.
Morales now sits 44th among active players in doubles, 39th in total bases, 28th in home runs, 30th in RBI and 56th in walks.
In the age of analytics, that may not mean a lot, however, with all the young players that the New York Yankees have, having a veteran presence like this could be another hitting coach in a way.
While no one is expected him to come in and be Jason Giambi, Morales can hit the ball out of the ballpark.
Of course, that alignment isn't anywhere near what the Yankees had envisioned heading into the season, but the team's jaw-dropping list of injuries has been well documented by now.