We all know how bad Morales has been, but Cameron really rubs it in:
Yeah, that lack of defensive flexibility really hurts; especially now, given the Mauer injury.
Things haven't gone much better for the other free agent who waited until midseason to sign; despite collecting three hits last night, Kendrys Morales is hitting just .238/.270/.333 since joining the Twins, and unlike Drew, he doesn't have any defensive value to fall back on. As strictly a designated hitter, Morales' entire value is tied up in how well he hits, and in 89 plate appearances in Minnesota, his .262 wOBA is lower than the career mark set by defensive specialists like Darwin Barney or Brendan Ryan.
But what I find interesting is Cameron's point about the impending market next winter, a winter the Twins should have money to spend.
If a team makes a marginal free agent a qualifying offer this winter, $15 million and a guaranteed job might look a lot more enticing than being next year's Stephen Drew or Kendrys Morales.
Indeed, we might see fewer top-tier free agents next year as a result of what happened to Drew, Morales, and Cruz (though the latter stands do much better than the formers next year, even if he took short term losses). It's too bad for the Twins, who will have money to spend. The players who will decline arbitration are likely players out of the Twins price range, and the remaining free agents for one reason or another weren't even offered arbitration. (Conversely, I think it could make for a sellers market during the trade deadline). In any case, the Twins might have positioned themselves to resign on Morales on the cheap if he can't turn it around.
Edited by PseudoSABR, 06 July 2014 - 01:42 AM.