A Justin Morneau trade between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Minnesota Twins make it look like Pittsburgh feels they have what it takes to win the NL Central in the 2013 pennant race. According to ESPN on Sept. 1, Pittsburgh sent outfielder Alex Presley to the Twins for the power hitter.
This is Pittsburgh's latest big move as the franchise attempts to reach the postseason for the first time in 21 years.
Last week, Pittsburgh also traded for outfielder Marlon Byrd and catcher John Buck. This is in addition to a pitching staff that has had Pittsburgh in contention all season long. At the time of the trade, the Pirates were one game ahead of the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Central with a 79-56 record.
Despite their solid record, the Pirates rank only 23rd in baseball in batting average and 19th in runs scored. However, they ranks 2nd in pitcher's ERA and first overall in opponent batting average. With the addition of the Justin Morneau trade, as well as the previous additions of Marlon Byrd and John Buck, the Pirates hope to add some runs to the board to help their pitching staff.
"We've got more depth, we've got more options than we had four days ago," Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle said. "We're a better team. We're a stronger team."
The Justin Morneau trade puts the slugger in the lineup for Sunday's game as the pennant race continues.