Impact of Morneau on Pirates

Trade a smart move for Pittsburgh, but might not make huge difference

Updated: August 31, 2013, 6:28 PM ET
By Dan Szymborski | ESPN Insider

Justin MorneauG Fiume/Getty ImagesJustin Morneau could provide Pittsburgh with a very good platoon option.

Just a few days after acquiring Marlon Byrd and John Buck from the New York Mets, the Pirates continued a more active August by picking up Justin Morneau from the Minnesota Twins. In return for Morneau, a free agent this offseason, the Pirates give up outfielder Alex Presley and baseball's most popular player -- the player to be named later.

Before the concussion and its lingering effects that derailed Morneau's career back in 2010, a trade of the first baseman would have been considered a major one. Since 2010, Morneau has hit .256/.316/.412 with 40 home runs in 1,401 plate appearances, unimpressive numbers for a first baseman even considering the significant drop-off in league offense and the pitcher-friendly characteristics of Minnesota's new home, Target Field. The Twins aggressively shopped Morneau in July, but were unable to find a team that would take on Morneau's contract and give a prospect in return.


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