Justin Morneau trade news is coming from the Minnesota Twins. The Pittsburgh Pirates have traded for Morneau, bringing the former All-Star first basemen to the National League Central. According to a report from ESPN on Saturday (August 31), the Twins will acquire outfielder Alex Presley and a player to be named later in this deal.
This is a huge move for Pittsburgh and it certainly confirms that the front office is serious about competing in the postseason this year. This is a former American League MVP that the team is acquiring and someone that could provide some more pop to the middle of the lineup. He has struggled a bit in the 2013 season, but still has a batting average of .259 to go along with 17 home runs and 74 RBIs. Those numbers have come in 127 games.
The big plus here is that the first baseman has been one of the hottest hitters in baseball during the month of August. He hit nine home runs in the month already, tying him for third in Major League Baseball. This will also be the first time that he has played for a new team, likely meaning that there could be a lot of added adrenaline. Jumping right into a pennant race will do that as well, because the Twins certainly aren't contending in the AL Central.
This Justin Morneau trade is going to be considered a huge move for the Pittsburgh Pirates and it should have fans really excited about what might happen down the stretch. He is a free agent at the end of the season, so the team isn't committed long-term to him either.
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