Twins trade former All-Star slugger
Published 3:40 pm Saturday, August 31, 2013
PITTSBURGH — The Minnesota Twins have traded Justin Morneau to the Pittsburgh Pirates, sending the veteran first baseman to a playoff-contending team for the final month of the season.
The deal was done on Saturday before the deadline. The Twins obtained outfielder Alex Presley and either a player to be named or cash.
Morneau is in the final year of his contract, making $14 million. He has been with the Twins for 11 seasons, winning the American League MVP award in 2006 and becoming one of the best hitters in the game until a concussion knocked him out of action in 2010. His production hasn’t been the same since.
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Morneau batted .259 with 32 doubles, 17 home runs and 74 RBIs for the Twins this year in 495 at-bats.