Morales, who has an opt-out clause as part of a mutual option for 2017, could receive a qualifying offer if he elects to exercise that clause, the Kansas City Star reports. After a slow start, Morales rebounded to hit 30 homers in 2016, his highest total since he swatted 34 long balls in 2009 for the Angels. Overall, his line slipped to .263/.327/.468 in 2016 from .290/.362/.485 in 2015. At age-33, it's easy to wonder if there will be a long list of American League teams willing to offer up a multi-year deal if Morales becomes a free agent, but he's likely to receive a raise next season whether it's with Kansas City or elsewhere.
Morales went 3-for-5 with a double, two runs scored and two RBI in Sunday's win over the Tigers. That's now three straight multi-hit performances for Morales, pushing his slash line for September up to .352/.408/.659 in 88 at-bats with eight home runs, 15 runs scored and an incredible 29 RBI.
Morales went 2-for-4 with a solo homer, walk and two runs overall in Saturday's 7-4 win over the Tigers. The veteran slugger hit the 30-homer mark for only the second time in his career and first time since 2009 with his eighth round-tripper of September. Morales also has a whopping 27 RBI during the month, propelling him to a second straight season with at least 90 runs driven in. Following Saturday's production, the 33-year-old is hitting .337 (28-for-83) in September, a tally that includes seven multi-hit efforts.
Morales went 1-for-3 with a three-run homer against the White Sox on Monday. It was his 438-foot blast that chased opposing starter Carlos Rodon with no outs in the fifth inning. Morales has homered on consecutive days and is now just one short of hitting 30 long balls for the second time in his career. September's been his best month yet in 2016, as Morales has hit seven homers and driven in 25 runs to go with a .349 average over just 17 games.
Morales went 3-for-4 with his 26th homer, two RBI and two runs against the Twins on Wednesday. He unloaded on the Twins over the course of this three-game series, smashing four homers and driving in 10 runs. Morales also has a 10-game hitting streak going; after muddling through most of the first four months (with the exception of a white-hot June), he's poised to finish on a high note and make a serious run at his second career 30-homer season.
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