Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/18/13
Twins longtime slugger Justin Morneau is available in trade and likely to be dealt somewhere, but a canvassing of a few possible landing sports suggests a soft market so far. The Twins are sellers at this point -- "If someone calls, we'll listen'' says general manager Terry Ryan -- but Twins-connected people suggest there's almost no chance they'll deal Josh Willingham and don't paint it as especially likely that star closer Glen Perkins or even starter Kevin Correia is traded. That could leave Morneau as their main trade piece. Though while he's helped them a bit by showing a bit more power lately, multiple teams who could have interested sound cool to the idea so far. The Orioles, Yankees and Rangers are teams that could use a hitter, but there's little evidence that any of those three teams are anxious to dive into the Morneau market, either because those teams view him as expensive or they prefer a righthanded hitter. The Yankees and Rangers are primarily targeting righty swingers while the Orioles prefer not to spend the $6 million remaining on Morneau's 2013 $14-million salary. The Rays and Pirates were mentioned as other possible suitors for Morneau by Jim Bowden of Sirius/XM radio, though he'd seem to be an imperfect fit for either one, and it's hard to imagine Tampa Bay in particular paying the $6 million. There's little evidence so far that the Pirates are heavily involved to this point. Twins executives loved that both Twins who were All-Stars, catcher Joe Mauer and Perkins, are Minnesota products who set a splendid example on and off the field and are contracted through at least 2015 (much longer in Mauer's case). Speaking of Perkins, a Twins-conected persoon said, "He's signed to a very good deal, so he'd take more than anyone's probably willing to give up.''
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