Posted August 27, 2013

Report: Pirates eyeing Twins’ Justin Morneau

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The Twins can trade Justin Morneau after he passed waivers. (Otto Greule Jr./Getty Images)

The Twins can trade Justin Morneau after he passed waivers. (Otto Greule Jr./Getty Images)

The Pirates addressed their batting order with Tuesday’s trade for outfielder Marlon Byrd, but they may not be finished adding more pop to their offense. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports the Pirates have their eye on Twins first baseman Justin Morneau.

Morneau, the 2006 American League MVP, was placed on revocable waivers by the Twins two weeks ago, perhaps to test the market. In July, the Twins rebuffed extension talks for Morneau, who is finishing the last season of a six-year, $80 million contract. Last week, Twins GM Terry Ryan said he did not expect to trade Morneau, but the possibility remains.

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Morneau had a better August after a July slump but is still batting a disappointing .263 with 15 home runs and 72 RBI.

The remaining $3 million-plus Morneau is owed in the final months of his contract could be a deterrent to possible suitors, though that figure decreases with each game.


1 comments
SeriouslySkeptical
SeriouslySkeptical

The Pirates would kill for another bat with double-digit HRs and 70-plus RBIs. If they could get Morneau without giving up much, it'd get Jones and Sanchez out of the lineup most days. Sanchez can be successful against lefties. I wouldn't trust Jones in a tee-ball game right now.