The Pittsburgh Pirates are in a heated NL Central battle for the division lead, and announced a move on Saturday to help push that process along. They acquired first baseman Justin Morneau from the Minnesota Twins for outfielder Alex Presley and a player to be named or cash consideration.
This will end Morneau's 11-year run with the Twins, where he hit 17 home runs and 74 RBI's for them this season so far. Entering play on Saturday, Morneau had hit nine of those home runs in the month of August alone. Pirates manager Clint Hurdle was pleased with the trade, speaking briefly about it.
Justin is very excited about this opportunity. Just wait until he comes through the tunnel and sees the park lit up and packed. It will be a good visual for him.This is more tangible evidence of what we've been doing -- what the organization said they would do when I got here three years ago. This week's activity is based on our GM's persistence to make the club stronger in areas we felt we needed to strengthen.
The move comes just days after Pittsburgh picked up Marlon Byrd and John Buck from the New York Mets. Byrd is a versatile outfielder and can play anywhere left to right, so it will give Hurdle's team some options in the field. They have been actively pursuing options to help the team, as Saturday was the deadline to acquire players eligible for postseason rosters.