There are only a few Major League Baseball teams that look like they are completely out of any playoff contention before the 2013 season even starts. The Minnesota Twins are one of those teams and it could be a good idea to explore the option of trading Justin Morneau before the season even gets underway. Morneau is in the final year of his contract and would bring a powerful left-handed bat to some team’s everyday lineup.
Morneau is getting paid a hefty sum for his services in 2013 but with the right offer, I would think that the Twins would listen on any deal. Minnesota is definitely rebuilding at this point and any young players that Minnesota can get would help move the process along. Morneau would fit with a lot of American League teams including one in particular. I think the best place to move Morneau may be the Tampa Bay Rays.
Tampa Bay could use another left-handed bat in their lineup and may use Morneau at first base along with being a designated hitter. If the Rays had enough prospects in their system to make this happen and they certainly do, it may be a big step towards helping the Rays get closer to the playoffs in a very competitive AL East. The Twins won’t trade Joe Mauer obviously but need young players so the next logical player is Morneau. Minnesota is looking at the cellar of the AL Central in 2013 and while that can’t be the best thing for the fan base, a move to get younger and be better for 2015 is the smart move and that means moving Morneau.
Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports or like his Facebook page.