A fan favorite is gone. Earlier today, it was announced that Twins long-time first baseman and 2006 AL MVP Justin Morneau was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates for prospect Alex Presley and either a player to be named later or cash.
I like Morneau a lot but the Twins had to trade him. His health has been an issue since his concussion in 2010, and while he is still a productive player he has not been the same since his injury. I feel that it was too much of a risk for the Twins to keep Morneau for what he was worth ($14 million in 2012). Who knows how long he’ll be able to play effectively? I also think it was good that the Twins traded him before the end of the season, since he is a free agent after this year. If another team signed him during the offseason the Twins wouldn’t get anything in return for him. I don’t know much about Presley, an outfielder who hit .264 in 29 games for Pittsburgh this season after spending most of it at Triple-A and is a career .292 hitter over eight minor league seasons, but he’s definitely better than nothing!
The Twins should move Joe Mauer, who currently is recovering from a concussion, from catcher to first base. Mauer has played some at first base and moving there will be MUCH better for his health and could lengthen his career. He has said he always wants to be a catcher but it would be best for him and the Twins (who are paying him LOTS of money!) if he moved to first base.
Good luck, Justin Morneau and the Pirates! Welcome, Alex Presley! For more on the trade, click here. The Twins made an unpopular trade but one the team had to make. Plus, Morneau deserved to finish the season in Pittsburgh, where the Pirates likely will make the playoffs.
What do you think of the Morneau trade??
P.S. On an unrelated note, I met Tony Oliva at the Twins game this past Wednesday. I was very impressed with him, as he sat down next to me and talked for two whole innings! Here is a picture of us!
Written by: Sam Graves