MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The Minnesota Twins have signed free-agent first baseman/designated hitter Kendrys Morales to a one-year, prorated $12 million contract.
Morales, who has been in Miami working out while waiting to sign, hit .277 with 23 home runs and 80 RBIs in 156 games with the Seattle Mariners last season.
The prorated portion of Morales’ contract will total slightly more than $7.4 million.
Since Morales is out of options and not injured, the Twins can’t send him to the minors to shake off the rust from missing the season’s first 60 games.
To make room on the 25-man roster, Minnesota released Jason Kubel, who appeared in 798 games over parts of eight seasons with the Twins. He was hitting .224 this year, but just .158 since April.