Scott Boras lost Felipe Lopez as a client this week, but he gained a potentially more lucrative one in the form of Angels’ first baseman Kendry Morales, who has decided to leave the Hendricks brothers behind.
Morales, who signed a six-year, $4.5 million contract with the Angels in 2005, will be arbitration-eligible for the first time after the 2010 season. The 26-year-old first baseman batted .306/.355/.569 with 34 home runs and 108 RBI last season, filling the shoes of Boras-client Mark Teixeira quite admirably.
According to Jorge Arangure Jr. of ESPN.com, Boras is willing to discuss a long-term contract extension with the Angels. Guy moves fast. Sometimes.
By the way, Boras had some rather nice parting words for his former client Lopez:
“We wish Felipe well. He’s a fine player,” Boras said. “We understand
that a player gets frustrated when we contact all 30 teams numerous
times and there is not a starting job for him.”
The Royals are in agreement with right-handed reliever Drew Storen on a minor league deal, the team announced Friday. Per Jon Heyman of MLB Network, the deal is worth $1.25 million if the veteran righty breaks camp with the club this spring. Additional, albeit unspecified incentives will be included in the contract as well.
Storen, 31, is coming off of a protracted absence from any MLB duties. After inking a one-year deal with the Reds in 2017, he sustained a right elbow sprain toward the end of the year and underwent Tommy John surgery that October. He was effectively decommissioned for the club’s entire 2018 run and generated little interest around the league this winter, perhaps due in part to the uninspired 4.45 ERA, 3.8 BB/9, 7.9 SO/9, and career-low -0.2 fWAR he posted across 54 2/3 innings during his last healthy season.
While it’s not immediately clear what kind of performance the Royals can expect from Storen in spring training, they’re not exactly in a position to be choosy. Their bullpen ranked dead last among all MLB teams with a collective 5.04 ERA, 4.85 FIP, and -2.2 fWAR last year, and still appears to be in a state of flux as they approach Opening Day. Skipper Ned Yost told reporters Wednesday that he intends to eschew the traditional closer appointment in 2019 and will instead utilize a combination of right-handers Wily Peralta and Brad Boxberger, lefty Tim Hill, and various others as he tackles high-leverage situations in the future.