MLB

Jays trade Kendrys Morales to Oakland on eve of opener

Veteran designated hitter Kendrys Morales was traded by the Toronto Blue Jays to the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday night.

Veteran DH sent to A's for minor-league prospect

The Toronto Blue Jays have traded Kendrys Morales to the Oakland A's for minor league infielder Jesus Lopez. (Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

Veteran designated hitter Kendrys Morales was traded by the Toronto Blue Jays to the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday night.

The Blue Jays get minor league infielder Jesus Lopez and $1 million in international signing bonus pool allocation. Toronto will pay Oakland $11,445,000, meaning Morales costs Oakland only the $555,000 minimum.

The switch-hitting Morales hit .249 with 21 homers and 57 RBIs in 130 games last season for Toronto. Morales is getting $12 million in the final year of a $33 million, three-year contract.

The switch-hitter played two seasons in Toronto, combining to hit .249 with 40 doubles, 49 home runs, and 142 RBIs across 280 games.

Morales has a career average of .268 and 211 home runs over 12 MLB seasons with the Jays, Los Angeles Angels, Seattle Mariners, Minnesota Twins, and Kansas City Royals.

Lopez played all of 2018 with the Class-A Beloit Snappers where he hit .239 with 15 doubles, two triples, 10 home runs, and 41 RBIs in 84 games.

The 22-year-old right-handed hitter has batted .221 with 68 extra-base hits and 111 RBIs across 333 games over five minor league seasons.

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