MINNEAPOLIS -- Justin Morneau knew the questions would be asked.
His name has been flying amid trade rumors as the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline quickly approaches. Sitting at fourth place in the division, the Minnesota Twins will almost assuredly be sellers, not buyers, by the end of the month. Perhaps the most valuable trade chip is Morneau, who leads the team in RBI with 52 and is batting .273.
If Morneau does get traded, it would mean leaving behind the team he's spent his entire career with. So how much does Minnesota's first baseman allow himself to think about playing for a different organization?
"It's part of the game. It's part of the business of baseball," Morneau said Friday, before the first game after the All-Star break. "Everyone would like to play their entire career somewhere but sometimes it's not an option or doesn't work out that way or the timing isn't right. I'm still here and I'm still happy to be here. I'm still a member of the team and I hope to be in...