The 2014 MLB Draft is next Thursday which means that by this time next week teams will be free to sign free agents like Kendrys Morales without losing a draft pick as compensation. On that note, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports has reported that the Yankees are among teams with potential interest in Morales next week.
There’s just one question regarding the Yankees interest: Is Morales even a fit for the ball club?
Sure, the Yankees have injuries to Carlos Beltran and Mark Teixeira, and their lack of depth at first base has shown when the Yankees put Brian McCann to play there for a game. We can’t forget to mention Morales isn’t a Gold Glove first basemen, but they believe he could be an upgrade from McCann and Kelly Johnson. That’s the part where Morales would fit.
Now here’s the part where he doesn’t fit: Morales would be expensive and the Yankees have already spent half a billion dollars this offseason with the acquisitions of McCann, Beltran, Jacoby Ellsbury and Masahiro Tanaka.
The Yankees also seem to be extremely confident that Teixeira and Beltran will return to the Yankees and they wouldn’t want Morales to create a log jam in the first base/DH/corner outfield situation. The Yankees already have enough on their plate with Teixeira, Beltran and Alfonso Soriano on the roster.
While Morales is a nice thought, there’s more reasons as to why he wouldn’t fit on the roster than there are of how he could fit: there simply isn’t room for him.