The Pirates have acquired Justin Morneau.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired Justin Morneau for Alex Presley, per Ken Rosenthal.
Source: #Pirates acquire Morneau from #Twins for OF Alex Presley.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) August 31, 2013
We heard earlier that the Pirates were still trying for Morneau, and that they were willing to take on money. No word on what the cost for Morneau would be, but even if they took on the entire salary it wouldn’t matter. This is a good deal for the Pirates. They didn’t give up anything of value. They will have Jose Tabata, Travis Snider, Andrew Lambo, and Felix Pie as extra outfielders when rosters expand in September. Presley would have been out of options next year, and probably would have been non-tendered or designated for assignment. He could have some value to the Twins if they want to give him a shot as a starter or a fourth outfielder, but the Pirates have too many of those types.
As I said last night, Morneau gives the Pirates options. If Garrett Jones doesn’t heat up, Morneau can take over as the starting first baseman against right-handers. If both players are playing well, Jones can take over in right field for Jose Tabata until Starling Marte returns. If Morneau, Jones, and Tabata are playing well, then the Pirates can rotate between all three for the two starting spots, and will have a strong bench once Marte returns.
Because Morneau was added before playoff rosters have to be set, he is eligible for the post-season.