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Twins officially sign slugger Morales

The Minnesota Twins officially signed first baseman/designated hitter Kendrys Morales on Sunday to a one-year, prorated $12 million contract.

Morales' portion of the deal is more than $7.4 million. Because Morales is not injured and is out of options, the club cannot send him to the minor leagues.

To make room for Morales on their 25-man roster, the Twins designated outfielder Jason Kubel for assignment.

Kubel, 32, was batting .224 with one home run and 13 RBIs in 156 at-bats this season.

"I just had a lot of good memories," Kubel told Fox Sports North. "A lot of big wins. A lot of big homers. It's been a lot of fun."

Morales agreed to the deal on Saturday. He batted .277 with 23 home runs and 80 RBIs with the Seattle Mariners last year.