The #MNTwins have acquired right-handed reliever Stephen Pryor from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for first baseman/DH Kendrys Morales.
— Minnesota Twins (@Twins) July 24, 2014
Seattle was in desperate need for an offensive boost, so reacquiring Morales makes sense. The team has recently been using Logan Morrison at 1B and Corey Hart at DH, though neither have been productive when actually on the field. Morrison is slashing .211/.267/.349 while Hart is at .212/.295/.332. It’s possible that the team occasionally slides one of them into an OF spot, but we’ll have to wait and see. For now we have to assume both are at risk of losing playing time, not that they were very fantasy relevant anyways.
As for Morales, he too has struggled since signing as he’s hitting .234 with 1 HR and 18 RBI over 162 PA. The numbers are obviously poor, but he’s been worse at home:
- Home – .203 with 0 HR and 3 RBI
- Road – .256 with 1 HR and 15 RBI
Getting him out of Minnesota certainly could help with his overall production and he should provide more power than he has thus far (2.2% HR/FB). He’s worth the investment in all formats.
Minnesota acquires a useful bullpen arm in Pryor, with a 10.8 K/9 over his minor league career. However he has always had control issues (4.9 BB/9 in the minors), which he needs to solve if he wants to make an impact. At this point he should operate as a middle reliever and hold no fantasy value.
Morales’ departure should allow Chris Colabello to play regularly, at least for now. While he had a hot start, his production has fallen off significantly since. He owns a 29.7% strikeout rate in the Majors and was at 23.1% while at Triple-A. Considering his 13.7% line drive rate in 342 AB in the Majors, the chances of him hitting for a strong average are virtually nil. That’s going to limit his fantasy appeal to those in the deepest of formats (and he’s better left for AL-Only formats).