Long rumored to be a trade candidate, Twins first baseman Justin Monreau has finally been dealt.
Minnesota traded Morneau to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday in exchange for outfielder Alex Presley and a player to be named later or cash.
Morneau, 32, has spent his entire major league career with Minnesota after the Twins drafted him in the third round in 1999. He won the American League's Most Valuable Player award in 2006 and also won the Home Run Derby in 2008. But Morneau battled injuries from 2009-11, including a concussion that limited his 2010 season to just 81 games.
While Morneau got off to a slow start in 2013, his power has started to come around. After hitting the eventual game-winning home run on Friday against Texas, Morneau now has 17 home runs this season. Through Friday, he's batting .259 with 74 RBI in 127 games.
Still, as a free agent at the end of the season, a trade seemed likely as Minnesota is by no means in the playoff chase. Morneau now joins a Pirates ...