Athletics acquire Kendrys Morales from Blue Jays

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Athletics have acquired first baseman Kendrys Morales from the Toronto Blue Jays, giving them a replacement for injured Matt Olson.

The A’s got Morales and cash from the Blue Jays on Wednesday for minor league infielder Jesus Lopez and international slot money.

Olson broke the hamate bone in his right hand during the season-opening series in Japan against the Seattle Mariners. The first baseman is on the injured list, and the A’s hope Morales, 35, will provide pop in Olson’s absence.

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

Oakland got swept in the two-game series in Japan.

The A’s also transferred right-hander Jharel Cotton to the 60-day injured list to make room on the 40-man roster for Morales.



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