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On Wednesday, July 15, we at MLB Injury News explained that the Twins postponed contract talks with first baseman Justin Morneau until after the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. We have learned today that Morneau has now become a potential trade candidate according to MLB Trade Rumors' Steve Adams.
Adams cites ESPN Insider Jim Bowden as saying that the Twins have put Morneau up for possible trade. The New York Yankees, Tampa Bay Rays, and and Pittsburgh Pirates appear the most likely suitors, says Adams.
Of these three teams, Pittsburgh looks like the most sensible place for Morneau if traded. The Pirates have a need at first base as Garret Jones has hit only .253 this year. Morneau (.273) would continue to play first base in Pittsburgh, too. The Pirates are 26th in the Majors in runs scored, and Morneau has driven in 52 runs for the Twins compared to Jones's 35 RBI. Jones, though, is still under team control through 2015 but arbitration eligible next year.
The Yankees need offense but more so at third base and preferably from the right side of the plate. Alex Rodriguez is close to returning, and the Yankees have expressed interest in Philadelphia's Michael Young. Regarding DH, the Yankees could use a right-handed hitter to complement Travis Hafner. The Yankees have expressed confidence in Lyle Overbay, and, again, a right-handed hitter would complement him better at first base.
As for the Rays, James Loney is hitting .315 and on base at .366. In addition, the Rays are sixth in runs scored. Unless they gave up on Loney, they should have no reason to trade for Morneau.
It appears that Justin Morneau will not play for Minnesota in 2014. If that is true, then the Twins should get what they can for him, making a deadline trade more sensible.
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