Jose Morales
Jose Morales
36-Year-Old CatcherC
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CPittsburgh Pirates  
December 10, 2011
Morales has signed a minor league deal with the Pirates.
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He'll add depth behind the plate as there's an opening for the backup job behind Rod Barajas that will likely be decided this spring.
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Morales will likely add depth for the Pirates at Triple-A this season, handling the pitching staff at Indianapolis and making an impact only if injuries impact the catching situation in Pittsburgh.
After hitting .311 with a .742 OPS in 2009 and even starting a playoff game at DH, it was thought Morales would be the backup catcher to Joe Mauer in 2010. However, a wrist injury and continued concerns over his defense kept him in the minors for most of the season. After starting at Triple-A, he struggled by hitting just .264/.350/.380 before getting called up in September. He's a switch-hitter who has drawn walks at a good rate the past two years, so there's some hope he'll rebound. He was traded to Colorado in the offseason and will likely compete for a backup role this spring, but may spend much of the year at Triple-A.
Morales is the leading candidate to win the backup catcher job behind Joe Mauer. He's always hit well in the minors, but missed much of 2008 after a left ankle injury. When Joe Mauer and Mike Redmond were hurt in April, Morales got his chance to play in the majors and hit .349 with a .391 OBP in April. He continued to make such a strong impression coming off the bench that he was used as a DH in 10 games during the final two weeks of the season and even started at DH in the playoffs. He's a switch-hitter who makes good contact and has passable defense behind the plate. The only worry is his hitting did decline when given steady playing time late in the season as he hit just .269/.361/.308 in September. Still, he's a backup catcher who can help a fantasy team with his bat.
Morales had a second impressive season with the bat at Triple-A Rochester, but had season-ending surgery in June to repair a damaged tendon in his left ankle. It's the same ankle that Morales hurt in the majors in September 2007, so the durability of his ankle is a concern for his 2009 outlook. He likely needs a change of organizations for viable fantasy value with the Twins set in the majors with Joe Mauer and having top prospect Wilson Ramos at Double-A.
Morales isn't regarded as a top prospect, but he showed enough with the bat at Triple-A last season that he could find a job as a backup at the major league level at some point. He'll need Joe Mauer to get injured with the Twins set at catcher along with backup Mike Redmond.
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CColorado Rockies  
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October 9, 2011
The Rockies outrighted Morales (thumb) to Triple-A Colorado Springs, the Denver Post reports. He will file for free agency when eligible after the World Series.
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CColorado Rockies  
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August 22, 2011
Morales' thumb is still sore when he swings left handed, the Denver Post reports.
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CColorado Rockies  
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August 2, 2011
Morales has regained full range of motion in his thumb, but he has yet to resume baseball-related activities, Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports.
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CColorado Rockies  
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June 17, 2011
Morales has been placed on the 60-day DL with a fractured thumb, the Rockies' official Twitter feed reports.
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CColorado Rockies  
June 13, 2011
Morales appears to have formed a bond with starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez as Morales has started behind the plate for Jimenez's past three starts.
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