The Oakland Athletics designated Kendrys Morales for assignment this morning.
Morales, 35, was batting just .204/.310/.259 with one home run through 126 plate appearances this season. He’ll now go on waivers and, in all likelihood, will clear them, be released, and become a free agent. There could be a team or two interested in a look as he hit.249/.331/.438 with 21 home runs and 57 RBI in 471 plate appearances last season, but this could be the end of the line for him.
Morales was traded to Oakland from Toronto near the end of spring training. The Jays are still paying him for the final year of the three-year, $33 million deal he signed in November 2016.
Yankees manager Aaron Boone has been suspended and fined for his actions during Thursday’s doubleheader against the Rays. Boone was ejected from Game 1 after making contact with home plate umpire Brennan Miller and will not be available to manage the Yankees during their series opener against the Rockies on Friday.
The ejection was triggered by a missed strikeout call in the second inning of Game 1, prompting Boone to run out to home plate and deliver one of his lengthier and more bizarre rants of the season. Incensed by Miller’s shaky grasp of the strike zone, Boone repeatedly referred to his players as “f***ing savages” and told the umpire to “tighten this s**t up.”
Exactly when the illicit contact came into play remains unclear, but crew chief Gerry Davis later commented on the situation and said Boone had crossed some boundaries during his tirade. Per MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch: “You’re not allowed to argue balls and strikes, so yeah. Yes he did [go too far]. That will all be in the report.”
In his own statements to the press, Boone defended his use of the word “savages,” claiming, “I always just want our guys all the time controlling the strike zone and making it hard on the pitchers. That’s something those guys take a lot of pride in as a lineup.” Several Yankees players, including Luke Voit and Aaron Judge, backed up the skipper’s decision to confront Miller as well, though Voit was the only player to explicitly support Boone’s use of the term.