It appears that even after the Minnesota Twins failed to move Justin Morneau before the MLB non-waiver trade deadline at the end of July, they still might send him elsewhere. There has been an increase in Morneau’s performance of late that has the Twins thinking that he will be an easy mover on the market after clearing waivers. This would be a good move for the Twins who have no real reason to sign him to a new deal anyway. This will get them something in return for Morneau and that will make it a good deal to complete.
The Twins also announced they will not place Joe Mauer on revocable waivers this year. This shows how dedicated they are to Mauer and that just displays once again how they will not be able to sign Morneau. Anyone in a Twins uniform should recognize that they have a ton of money wrapped up in Mauer and he will be the highest paid player on that team for a long time to come. That’s yet another reason why even Morneau should be happy to hopefully get a move in the waiver market.
Chances are if someone grabs him, the Pittsburgh Pirates perhaps, then his performance would improve even more with the change of suddenly playing for a contending team. There should be at least a small line of teams interested in Morneau anyway but the added performance of late is a nice boost for the Twins at just the right time to be able to make a move. The recent waiver deals show that sometimes it can actually be simpler to make a deal after the deadline. The Twins certainly should take advantage of it if they can.