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The Minnesota Twins have placed first baseman Justin Morneau on revocable waivers, according to MLB Network's Peter Gammons. A lot of players get placed on waivers, but Morneau may draw the attention of a few teams. Here are some of the teams who could show interest in the 32-year old Morneau:
The Pirates had shown interest in trading for Morneau before the deadline and he makes plenty of sense for them. Garrett Jones, the Pirates current first baseman, is hitting .253 with 10 home runs and 41 RBI's. Morneau would be an instant upgrade for the contending Pirates.
The Orioles, like the Pirates, had shown interest in Morneau before the deadline, but the Orioles were losing interest in the 32-year old prior on July 31. The Orioles only appeared to be "kicking the tires" on Morneau at the time. If the Orioles did acquire Morneau, he would likely fill in as the DH, as they have power hitting Chris Davis at first base.
Morneau makes a lot of sense for the Indians. He likely wouldn't play first base full time, but he could be the Indians designated hitter. Their current designated hitter is Jason Giambi, but he has struggled. He's hitting .181 with seven home runs and 25 RBI's. It isn't known if the Indians are interested in Morneau or not, but the two sides definitely appear to be a fit for each other.
If Morneau is claimed by a team, the Twins can only talk to that team about a potential deal or they could remove him from waivers. If Morneau clears waivers, the Twins can talk to any team about a deal. At the end of the year Morneau is a free agent, so if a team acquires him, he may be a rental. On the year, Morneau is hitting .262 with 14 home runs an 67 RBI's. Morneau had struggled earlier in the year, but has picked up his play of late and could help a contender chase a World Series ring.
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If Morneau is claimed before Wednesday's deadline, the Twins can work out a trade with the claiming team, let that team take his contract or pull him back and keep him in Minnesota. If he is not claimed, the Twins are free to negotiate with any team.
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