Angels May Be Interested in Moving Kendrys Morales

The Los Angeles Angels may not be done wheeling and dealing.  One of the most active teams so far this offseason, the Angels have already landed Josh Hamilton and Ryan Madson, but they are not necessarily done.  The team had received inquiries on Kendrys Morales in the middle of the 2012 season.  At the time, Los Angeles didn't want to move him, but they may want to now.

According to Danny Knobler of CBS Sports, the Angels had received interest from the Tampa Bay Rays regarding Morales.  The team was not ready to part with the right fielder/first baseman then, but he is much more available now, says Knobler.  The question is whether the Rays are still interested.  If not, the Angels may look elsewhere to deal him.

Morales' leg appears to be completely healed after playing 134 games this past season.  He broke his leg in 2010 when celebrating a walk-off home run.  The injury cost Morales most of the 2010 season and all of the 2011 season.  The injury was bad enough that players now show a lot more caution in their home run celebrations.

Despite the time off, Morales returned in 2012 and was productive.  He hit .273/.320/.467 for the Angels.  He also hit 22 home runs.  Morales could be an attractive trade target for a team looking to add a low-cost power bat.  Morales is still arbitration-eligible and made just over $2.9 million last season.

If he can remain healthy, Morales can be a productive first baseman or outfielder for any team interested.  The Angels, though, will be looking for the right return.  They are looking for additional starting pitching help.  If they can get that, Morales may be gone.

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