I read a story on sbnation's site, Why Brandon League Made Albert Pujols Leave The Cardinals, and it got me thinking... with Pujols now an Angel, and with Morales' issues over the past couple years, could the Mariners help solve their 1B/DH issue on the cheap, with a potential high-reward bat?
Excuse me if maybe I seem to be viewing things a bit to optimistically or what not, but Morales would seem to be a pretty affordable piece. Two years of injuries, not playing since May of 2010, and Pujols manning first base tends to make a cheap player pretty expendable and affordable.
Could someone like Vargas, League, or even 1-2 decent minor leaguers net us a cheap, high-ceiling first basemen/DH in Morales? Sure, it's a bit risky, but if he comes at the right price, why not? It's not like he's Griffey or some other injury-proned players where body parts tend to practically fall off. He was injuried in a freak "accident", and has had setbacks.
In 2009, he hit 34 homers, 43 doubles, and a triple slash of .306/.355/.569, good for an OPS+ of 139. He's also a switch hitter, and is just 28 years of age. Anyone complain about a cheap .300/.350/.500 player who hits 40 doubles and 25 home runs as a Mariner 1B or DH? I wouldn't. Especially given the last two seasons of offense we've seen.
And say Z decides to get Fielder - rather you're pro or anti-sign Fielder, that's not the point. Regardless of your thoughrs, Fielder/Morales 3-4 punch manning 1B and DH would definitely be a huge improvement. Those two alone would practically outscore and out-homer the 2010 and 2011 Mariner teams as a whole.
Anyway, thoughts on Morales being a target, and am I delusional on him being cheap, or am I not off base so much?