Angels feel Morales ready for key role

After four years of development in minor leagues, first baseman 'ready this time'

Originally Published: April 1, 2009
By Tim Kurkjian | ESPN The Magazine

In sports, the word "defected" is used too liberally and not literally, as in Mark Teixeira "defected" from the Angels to the Yankees this winter. Teixeira did indeed sign with the Yankees -- for $180 million, and without having to fear for his life -- leaving an opening for first baseman Kendry Morales, who really did defect from Cuba five years ago after eight unsuccessful tries. Morales now appears to be ready for a breakthrough season with the Angels.

For the money that would ...

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