Last week Justin Morneau told Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports that he doesn’t expect to be traded away from the Minnesota Twins.
The first baseman, who won the AL MVP back in 2006, noted that on contending teams “there’s not really a whole lot of spots of to fill.” Apparently the two-time Silver Slugger hasn’t had the chance to watch the Oakland Athletics in the last two months.
Entering play on Sunday, the team’s outfielders had combined to hit .221, which is the worst in all of baseball. The DH spot has been producing at a clip of just .212, the third worst in the AL. Daric Barton is reportedly on stand by. The team desperately needs a bat, and Morneau has cleared waivers.
Morneau is owed less than $3 million the rest of the way, with his six-year, $80 million deal expiring at year’s end. That’s not exactly cheap for a 33 game rental of a 32-year old, but it’s also far from unreasonable.
This season the four-time All-Star is hitting .264 with 15 home runs and 72 RBI. Morneau has appeared in 109 games as a first baseman for the Twins in 2013, but he’s said that he doesn’t see any problem sliding into a DH role if that’s what’s called for.
On the Athletics, Morneau would take over at first, though, while Brandon Moss would head to right field where he’s not at the level of Gold Glover Josh Reddick but still quite adept.
How would Morneau like to spend his final month of so of the season?
“I feel like I can contribute to this team, or contribute to a team that’s in a race, and be comfortable with that.”