Pittsburgh Pirates Acquire Justin Morneau From Twins
The Pittsburgh Pirates continue to bolster their roster for the stretch drive acquiring Canadian slugger Justin Morneau from the Minnesota Twins. The 32-year old Morneau is batting .259 with 17 home runs and 74 rbi’s in 127 games this season for the Twins. In exchange for Morneau the Twins will receive outfielder Alex Presley and a player to be named later or cash. The 28-year old Presley has 204 major league games under his belt but never could sustain everyday at bats in the Pirates stacked outfield.
The Pirates who earlier this week added Marlon Byrd and John Buck from the New York Mets are stock piling for the post season. Morneau will add a lefty power bat to the lineup having connected for 221 career round trippers as a member of the Twins. He also brings International and past post season experience having played in the American League Division Series in both 2004 and 2006 in a losing effort for the Twins. Morneau is earning $14,000,000 this season and is poised to become a free agent at seasons end.
The former American League MVP will look to regain some of that 2006 magic as a member of the Pirates for the stretch drive. Morneau will add some insurance at the first base position as Garrett Jones has struggled all season long batting only .240 with 13 home runs thus far. Jones has found it difficult to duplicate his output from 2012 where he crushed 27 homers and knocked in 87 runs.
The Pirates currently sit tied with the St.Louis Cardinals for 1st place with a 78-56 record in the National League Central and seem a lock for the Wild Card if they don’t win the division. The Cardinals a day earlier acquired former Canadian closer John Axford from the Milwaukee Brewers.
As the waiver deadline approaches the Pirates have improved their roster significantly proving they are playing for keeps this season and will be a force to be reckoned with in the National League.