Thursday December 11th, 2014

Designated hitter Kendrys Morales has signed a two-year contract with the Kansas City Royals, according to mulitple reports. Yahoo's Jeff Passan was first to report the news, which was later confirmed by Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com and Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star, among others. 

The contract is worth $17 million with $750,000 in incentives each year, according to reports. 

Morales posted a .218 batting average with eight home runs and 42 RBIs over 98 games with the Minnesota Twins and Seattle Mariners last season.

He was more productive the previous two seasons, recording a combined 45 home runs and 153 RBIs with a .275 batting average.

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Morales spent the first six seasons of his career with the Los Angeles Angels.

The 31-year-old could be slotted into the designated hitter spot that was vacated when Billy Butler left Kansas City to join the Oakland Athletics. Morales has also played first base during his eight-year career.  

The Royals went 89-73 and finished in second place in the American League Central last season before advancing to the World Series, where they fell to the San Francisco Giants.

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