The Yankees have acquired 1B/DH Kendrys Morales and cash considerations from Oakland in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations. To make room on the 40-man roster, RHP Jonathan Loaisiga was transferred to the 60-day injured list.— Yankees PR Dept. (@YankeesPR) May 15, 2019
Morales, a 35-year-old who will be clean-shaven for the first time in a long while, was designated for assignment by the A’s on Monday following the return of first baseman/outfielder Mark Canha from the injured list. The Athletics had acquired Morales just prior to Opening Day as a fill-in for injured first baseman Matt Olson. With Olson having returned last week after completing his recovery from hand surgery, Morales — a righty-mashing specialist who has little defensive value at this point — became redundant.
Morales, who hit .204/.310/.259 with one homer in 126 plate appearances, is likely to fill the Yankees’ DH role — at least on a part-time basis — following the return of Miguel Andujar to the injured list on Monday. He’ll also be a depth option at first base, though Luke Voit has that position pretty well locked down at the moment.