Ex-employee of Kendry Morales' agents being investigated for theft

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Kendry Morales.jpgLast week Heyman suggested that Kendry Morales’ firing of the Hendricks Brothers was due to some financial funny business. We’re getting a clearer picture of that now:

A former employee of Hendricks Sports Management is being
investigated by both the Major League Baseball Players Association and
the Coral Springs (Fla.) Police Department about the disappearance of
more than $300,000 from the bank account of Los Angeles Angels first baseman Kendry Morales.

Rodney
Fernandez, a former employee of Hendricks Sports Management LP who
recruited Cuban defectors Morales and Aroldis Chapman to the firm,
confirmed earlier this week that he was questioned by the MLBPA in the
past week regarding Morales, but denied having taken any money from the
player.

Fernandez isn’t having it, and he’s throwing the Hendricks Brothers under the bus:

“If I’m supposedly the person who took all that money, then how come
now I don’t have anything?” he said. “I don’t deserve what is
happening.”

Fernandez said he was told by members of the Hendricks agency to keep
quiet about rumors of financial indiscretions in December and January
so it would not adversely affect Chapman’s free-agent contract
negotiations with the Reds.

He said that he didn’t have access to Morales’ bank account and that the Hendricks firm should “pay Kendry back his money.”

I have no idea what really happened here, but between this business and the lawsuit filed by Aroldis Chapman’s original agent, if I were a player I wouldn’t touch the Hendricks Brothers with a ten foot pole.

J.D. Martinez tells teams he prefers an outfield role

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Free agent outfielder/slugger J.D. Martinez is reportedly seeking an outfield gig, says Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald. According to Silverman’s sources, Martinez’s suitors have been informed that the veteran slugger would give preference to teams that can offer a corner outfield spot, rather than a DH-only role.

That could spell trouble for the Red Sox, who appear to be Martinez’s biggest suitors so far this offseason. Outfielders Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi are firmly established at the corners, and prior reports from club president Dave Dombrowski suggest that center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. is not going anywhere anytime soon (thereby eliminating the possibility of reshuffling the outfield). The DH spot is still wide open for Martinez, who doesn’t seem to be totally closed off to the idea, but any full-time or part-time role on the field is likely off the table at this point.

Of course, the Red Sox aren’t the only ones pursuing Martinez’s services this winter. The 30-year-old slugger has been linked to both the Diamondbacks and Giants in weeks past, and while they have the roster flexibility to accommodate his preferences, they’ll need to clear another massive hurdle: the seven-year, $250 million contract he’s said to be seeking. Both clubs will need to get creative to make such a deal work. The Diamondbacks are rumored to be shopping right-hander Zack Greinke in an attempt to free up some room on their payroll for Martinez, while the Giants appear more inclined to scour the trade market for outfield help than shell out cash for another hefty contract in free agency.