The Yankees announced on Tuesday the acquisition of 1B/DH Kendrys Morales and cash from the Athletics in exchange for cash considerations or a player to be named later. Pitcher Jonathan Loaisiga has been transferred from the 10-day injured list to the 60-day IL to create room on the 40-man roster.
Morales, 35, was designated for assignment by the Athletics on Monday. He had a disastrous start to the 2019 season, batting .204/.310/.259 with a lone home run and seven RBI in 126 trips to the plate. Morales, however, had a solid year for the Blue Jays last season, posting a .769 OPS with 21 homers across 130 games.
The Yankees just lost Miguel Andújar back to their already crowded IL. Morales could get some regular at-bats as the DH, with the Yankees betting that his slow start to the season is simply a fluke. It’s a low-risk, potentially medium-reward move for the Yankees, as the Athletics are on the hook for the remainder of his $12 million salary minus the prorated major league minimum.
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.