Royals announce signing of Morales

Kansas City, MO ( – The Kansas City Royals officially
announced Tuesday that the club has agreed to terms with first
baseman/designated hitter Kendrys Morales on a two-year contract with a mutual
option for the 2017 season.

The contract is reportedly worth $17 million.

Morales will fill the void left by Billy Butler, who signed a three-year, $30
million free-agent contract with the Oakland Athletics.

Morales split last season with the Minnesota Twins and Seattle Mariners, who
acquired him right before the non-waiver trade deadline. However, he only hit
.218 in 98 combined games with eight home runs and 42 RBI.

The 31-year-old switch-hitter had declined a qualifying offer from Seattle
last offseason, but found no takers in free agency, as no team was willing to
surrender a draft pick to sign him.

Morales did not sign with the Twins until June 8 when compensation was no
longer a factor.

Morales broke into the majors with the Angels in 2006 and spent the next six
years with the club. He is a career .271 hitter with 110 homers and 387 RBI in
718 games.

Following a career-best season in 2009, in which he recorded 43 doubles, 34
home runs and 108 RBI, Morales was limited to 51 games in 2010 and missed the
entire 2011 season because of a severe leg injury. He suffered a fractured
lower left leg celebrating a walk-off grand slam on May 29, 2010 against

To make room for Morales on the 40-man roster, the Royals designated
outfielder Moises Sierra for assignment.