Morales, who hit .290 with 22 homers and 106 RBIs in 2015, chatted with reporters briefly on Wednesday before the Royals' split-squad games: a 7-5 win over the Brewers in Surprise, and a 7-5 loss to the Mariners in Peoria -- in which Morales went 1-for-3. Kansas City's catching coach, Pedro Grifol, served as the interpreter.
Q: What does winning the Edgar Martinez Award and the Silver Slugger Award mean to you?
Morales: "Many thanks to my teammates and to the voters. Hopefully I can continue to work this year to replicate it."
Q: Cuba seems to be opening up more with baseball and allowing exhibition games. Are you surprised about this?
Morales: "It's about time for Cuba to allow these players to be put into the same field with Major League players to see how they measure up with Major League talent. Hopefully down the road it will give those guys an opportunity to play in the United States."
Q: What did winning the World Series mean to you and your career?
Morales: "Thank God we were able to have the season we had last year. You play a long season and it's a grind, and to be able to do what we did was incredible. A lot of players play 17 or 18 years of professional baseball and they never experience something like that. I'm just grateful to have that opportunity."