Kendrys Morales agrees to terms with Twins

Jun 7, 2014, 12:31 PM | Updated: 12:37 pm

By Brent Stecker

The Kendrys Morales free-agent saga had its final twist on Saturday, as he has agreed to terms with the Minnesota Twins, CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported via his Twitter account.

Morales was the leader in several statistical categories for the Mariners in 2013, but he rejected a qualifying offer from Seattle in the offseason, and he sat in free agency as teams were scared off by the draft-pick compensation they would have to forfeit to sign him. The market picked around him when the MLB Draft began Thursday, however, when teams could sign him without losing a draft pick.

Morales, 30, hit .277 with 23 home runs, 80 RBIs, a .336 on-base percentage and .449 slugging percentage in his one season with the Mariners.

Though primarily a designated hitter, Morales played 31 games at first base in 2013. The Twins have played former All-Star catcher Joe Mauer at first base this season.

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