Jason Kendall becomes fifth player to catch 2,000 games

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Last night, while the Royals were giving up 19 runs in a blowout loss to the Twins, Jason Kendall became the fifth player in baseball history to appear in 2,000 games at catcher.
Ivan Rodriguez is the all-time leader with 2,351 games caught (and counting), followed by Carlton Fisk (2,226), Bob Boone (2,225), Gary Carter (2,056), and now Kendall.
Kendall said that he plans to “keep going until someone takes the uniform off me” and he’s under contract to the Royals next season for $3.75 million as part of a two-year, $6 million deal signed this winter.
In other words, there’s a pretty good chance contemporaries Rodriguez and Kendall will end up ranked first and second in games caught.

Report: Twins interested in Logan Morrison

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The Twins are reportedly interested in signing free agent first baseman Logan Morrison, according to a report from Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. The two sides don’t appear to be working toward anything concrete at the moment, but Berardino adds that newly-signed pitcher Jake Odorizzi has been having conversations with the slugger to gauge his interest in a potential deal.

Morrison, 30, enjoyed a tremendous season with the Rays in 2017. He finished his two-year circuit with the team after slashing .246/.353/.516 with a career-best 38 home runs, .363 wOBA and 3.3 fWAR in 601 plate appearances. It was just the second time he’d managed to produce more than 20 home runs in a single season, and he finished the year tied for fifth-most dingers in the AL and eighth-most in the league.

The free agent slugger has been linked to a plethora of interested parties this offseason, including the Red Sox, Royals, Indians, Angels and Mets, but hasn’t drawn any substantial offers in an admittedly slow market. Should he reach an agreement with the Twins, Berardino notes that the club could use him to back up both Joe Mauer and Miguel Sano in a dual first base/DH role.