After he suffered a season ending injury, I've heard very little of Kendry Morales. His injury suffered while jumping into his teammates' walk-off mosh-pit at Angels stadium brought an end to what could have been an enthusiastic encore to his 2009 season, which placed him 5th in AL MVP voting.
I've been a fan of Morales since he broke in to the big leagues. He's got a reliable glove, with a .95 fielding percentage and a great nose for the 3-6-3 DP. He can also back up the corner outfield spots.
Defense aside, he's got a speedy compact swing. He's a consistent line drive contact hitter with power from both sides of the plate, and will hover around .300.
He's got a great personal narrative (sorry, link function not working right now) http://www.nytimes.com/2005/02/20/magazine/20CUBAN.html
...speaks to a cool clubhouse guy.
And after potentially ending his career in a team celebration after hitting a walk-off grand slam, he understands the murderous irony that can swallow you whole in this mortal coil, an informal prerequisite to joining the Orioles.
With the environment around the Angels very much in cohesion about improving over 2010's showing, and with the Angels top prospect waiting in the wings at 1B, the time may be right for the Halos to at least listen to an offer.
Of course this is all contingent on the huge "IF(s)" of Morales's rehabilitation, and a willingness of both teams to work within a contract. But it's an option I'd like to hear MacPhail test the waters on.
I just can't believe we offered Adam LaRoche 3 years. There's got to be a better way.
What do you guys think?