As you all know, the Twins signed Kendrys Morales yesterday. This is a great move in terms of both physicality and attitude. Let's start with the physical part. At the moment, my dog can hit better than Kubel. His average is down to .224 including an abysmal .179/.295/.179 slash line in May. Meanwhile the amount of ground he covers in the outfield is measured in inches. Enter Morales.
Obviously this is an improvement on the diamond. (.277/.336/.449 for Morales, I mentioned Kubel's there but you might get permanent eye damage if you look again) but the biggest advantage of this is the Twins change in attitude. They're thinking of this year to make a run. This is a win-win situation.
The two options are: keep Morales the full year, contend, implement optimism everywhere, or, it they know they'll be out the race, trade him to someone like Kansas City at the deadline. Depending on how he does, they could receive quite a few decent prospects for him.
Of course, the Twins would have never gotten Morales without the qualifying offer system. Jayson Stark wrote about it a few months ago, calling it "a mess" among other things. My response to that is, it was Morales's and Stephen Drew's own faults they didn't get signed until now. They should have recognized that they weren't worth more than 14 million dollars, especially Drew, who turned down many multi year deals.
For the first time in quite awhile, the Twins are trying to go big on a deal. No more, "wait until Buxton, Sano and Meyer are up," talks, it's happening now.