The Cuban slugger did not sign with a team during the offseason and remained unsigned through the first 2+ months of the regular season. The biggest impediment to him signing was the draft pick tied to him as compensation. Because the Seattle Mariners tendered him a contract offer that he declined, any team that signed Kendrys would have had to surrender a draft pick. Though this rule helps compensate teams that are losing free agents, it comes as a detriment to free agents and hurts their market. Now that the MLB draft is underway, teams are free to sign Morales without surrendering a pick.
CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman says the Mariners, Brewers, Yankees, Rangers and a mystery team are most likely interested in Morales. We expect an American League team to sign him just because he’s limited defensively and a much better fit as a DH. He’s a nice addition for whatever team gets him.