SEATTLE -- One day after Kendrys Morales was designated for assignment, the A’s traded the first baseman to the Yankees on Tuesday. Oakland also sent cash in the trade, and it will receive a player to be named or cash considerations.
Morales lost his spot on the 40-man roster when the club activated utility man Mark Canha from the injured list on Monday. Canha offers more defensive versatility, and he will be the backup first baseman to Matt Olson, which eliminated Oakland’s need for Morales, who is primarily a DH.
Morales was praised for his professionalism and leadership during his seven-week stint with the A’s. He was brought in as a last-minute replacement on March 27 after Olson required surgery to repair the broken hamate bone in his right hand. The A’s acquired Morales from the Blue Jays in exchange for Minor League infielder Jesus Lopez and international slot money. Morales is earning $12 million for 2019, most of which will be paid by Toronto.
Over 34 games with Oakland, the 35-year-old hit .204 (22-for-108) with seven RBIs and one homer. For his 13-year career, Morales is a .267/.328/.456 hitter with 212 homers.
“He was a terrific teammate,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said on Monday. “We wish him the best.”
When a player's contract is designated for assignment -- often abbreviated "DFA" -- that player is immediately removed from his club's 40-man roster. Within seven days of the transaction (it had been 10 days under the 2012-16 Collective Bargaining Agreement), the player can either be traded or placed on irrevocable outright waivers.
The Yankees were a logical landing spot for Morales, given the number of injuries to their offense this season.
New York’s primary DH, Giancarlo Stanton, has been out for more than a month with a Grade 1 biceps strain and left shoulder strain. But the Yanks are also without shortstops Troy Tulowitzki (left calf strain) and Didi Gregorius (Tommy John surgery), outfielders Aaron Judge (left oblique strain) and Jacoby Ellsbury (left hip labrum surgery), third baseman Miguel Andujar (partially torn labrum in his right shoulder) and first baseman Greg Bird (torn plantar fascia in his left foot).
New York will be Morales’ seventh club, after stints with the A's, Blue Jays (2017-18), Royals (2015-16), Twins (2014), Mariners (2013, '14) and Angels (2006-10, '12).