SATURDAY: The deal is now official. Morales will receive $2.3MM plus up to $1.5MM in incentives if he makes the team, MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy tweets.
Morales had a quietly excellent season last year, logging 62 1/3 frames of 3.18 ERA pitching for the Royals. Notably, he logged 5.9 K/9 against 2.0 BB/9, both well below his usual blend of more strikeouts and walks. Morales also drew grounders on 49.5% of the balls put in play against him, well above his career average.
ERA estimators saw a solid effort, though they weren’t as enthused as his results would suggest. Morales tallied a 3.52 FIP, 3.99 xFIP, and 3.75 SIERA in 2015, each of which represented career bests. He was quite stingy against lefties, holding them to a cumulative .194/.250/.320 slash, though right-handers proved tougher outs (as they always have for Morales).