The Yankees announced Tuesday that first baseman/designated hitter Kendrys Morales has cleared release waivers and is now a free agent. New York designated the veteran switch hitter for assignment last week.
It’s been a tough season for Morales, 36, who has posted a combined .194/.313/.253 batting line with two home runs in 201 plate appearances between the Athletics and Yankees. Morales is in the final season of a three-year, $33MM contract that he initially signed with the Blue Jays, who traded him to Oakland on the eve of their season opener in 2019. Despite his struggles this year, Morales notched a solid .249/.331/.438 batting line with 21 homers and 15 doubles in 471 plate appearances with Toronto a season ago. Any team that signs Morales would only owe him the prorated portion of the league minimum for any time he spends in the Majors.