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Kendrys Morales Signs with Minnesota Twins

The Minnesota Twins and FA Kendrys Morales have agreed to a one year deal.  Morales played for the Seattle Mariners last season after being traded from the Los Angeles Angels for Jason Vargas.  Morales has hit at least 20 home runs in 3 of the last 4 seasons, and in 2009 hit 34 home runs while driving in 108 runs for the Angels.   Playing at Target Field is sure to limit his home runs especially in half a season, but Morales is a gap hitter and should fit in nicely with the Twins. 

Minnesota has surprised the baseball world this season and sit just 3 games under .500 despite having one of the worst pitching staffs in baseball.  Morales should provide some solid hitting in the middle of the Twins order, that recently saw Josh Willingham return.

The Twins moved Joe Mauer to 1B this season and have been using Kurt Suzuki behind the plate and Josmil Pinto as their DH. Now with Morales on the squad as their designated hitter, it will be interesting to see how the club splits playing time between Suzuki and Pinto.