Angels' Morales dumps Hendricks Sports Management for Boras
The Angels' breakout star of 2009,
The first baseman had been at odds with his former agents,
"Kendry contacted us about representing him," Boras told SI.com. "We're please to have the opportunity to advise him on his career."
The 26-year-old hit .306 for the Angels last season with 34 homers -- sixth-most in the American League -- while posting an on-base/slugging percentage of .924 in his first season as a major league starter.
Defensively, Morales filled in ably for Gold Glove first baseman
With just one year left on his contract, Morales most likely is in line for a hefty raise. His contract pays him $700,000 in 2010 and he will be eligible for arbitration in 2011. The switch-hitter has slightly over two years of service and, per contract rules, needs six to be eligible for free agency. Morales signed as a free agent with the Angels in 2004 after defecting from his native Cuba and relocating to the Dominican Republic.
Sources say Morales was instrumental in luring fellow Cuban and highly-sought free-agent
Neither Randy nor Alan Hendricks immediately returned messages left by SI.com. Morales did not immediately return a voicemail.
Morales' addition to Boras' client roster came the same day as news of free-agent infielder
"We know how frustrating it is when a player can't get a starting job from any one of the 30 teams," Boras says. "We wish Felipe well. He's a very talented player."