On Tuesday the Pittsburgh Pirates acquired outfielder Marlon Byrd and catcher John Buck from the New York Mets to bolster their squad for the stretch run. According to reports, the team isn’t satisfied and has its eyes on an even bigger name to help its quest for a playoff spot.
John Heyman is reporting that the Pirates are looking hard at Minnesota Twins first baseman Justin Morneau to help beef up their roster as they battle the Cincinnati Reds and St. Louis Cardinals for first place in the National League Central. The 32-year-old has cleared waivers, which means he can be traded to any team.
Right field has been a huge issue for the Pirates all season, and with Starling Marte missing time thanks to a hand injury, adding Byrd was a big deal. Now adding Morneau could take Pittsburgh’s lineup to another level. While he’s not producing the way he was when he won the American League MVP Award in 2006, Morneau can still swing the bat.
The four-time All-Star is currently hitting .263 w...