Souhan: Healthy Morneau knows he could be cornerstone or trading chip

  • Article by: JIM SOUHAN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 15, 2013 - 6:00 PM

Justin Morneau is finally healthy, which means he could again be a cornerstone of the Twins’ offense — or trade bait if the team isn’t contending.

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Dantes929Mar. 14, 1310:42 PM

I'd hate to see him leave but a really good shortstop or another top pitching prospect would ease the blow a bit. Sign him to an extension now.

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norcaltwinMar. 14, 1311:52 PM

I also hate to see Morneau go. I like the M&M boys reference and all that goes with it. I have the feeling that Morneau will have a monster first half. And TR would be stupid not to trade him at the deadline. Since 2008, Justin has fallen off dramatically after the all-star break. Odds are that may happen this year as well. So if we keep him after the trade deadline - TR should offer less than market value as a home town discount

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dirletonMar. 15, 1312:13 AM

" --- or trade bait if the team isn’t contending." Sooooooooo, trade bait it is.

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timandtiaMar. 15, 13 5:27 AM

I hope that Morneau stays healthy and is productive. In addition, I hope that he stays here in MN, as our sports teams do not need anymore losses.

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greenflashMar. 15, 13 6:59 AM

time to go when he is healthy and worth something. we need to get rid of the big contracts of both he and mauer. bring on some healthy younger players.

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toosweet64Mar. 15, 13 8:26 AM

Love the guy, but if he is raking at the deadline, he needs to be traded for a good infield prospect, hopefully a shortstop who can hit.

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bolock54Mar. 15, 13 8:45 AM

Ya, trade him.....and who is gonna play first base????? Fill the shortstop position and you have a bigger hole at first base..... absolutely no sense at all......Besides, they had the shortstop position filled for the next 5-7 years with JJ Hardy.....stupidest move of the last 5 years..........

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fdrebinMar. 15, 13 9:05 AM

A 90 plus loss team can't have two players making nearly 50% of the payroll the Pohlads are willing to part with, especially when they both beak down frequently. Morneaua is a good guy and a good citizen, but the reality of the situation is, rthey need an "A' list pitcher and a shortstop. Until that happens they are a last place team for sure. Trade him or sign him for far less guaranteed and some incentives.

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pogofanMar. 15, 13 9:06 AM

From everything I've read about Justin, he's a good guy and I hope he gets his wish to continue playing for a Twins team that's winning. That said, the Twins cannot afford to rule out trading him if they're offered enough. I would not trade a healthy, productive Morneau for an infield prospect. I might trade him for two players, one of whom is a prospect and one who could contribute to the team immediately, or for two really solid prospects. As for filling the hole at first base: the easiest solution would be to move Parmalee in from the outfield and replace him with somebody like Benson.

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matthewJamesMar. 15, 13 9:07 AM

How about this, sign Morneau at a reasonable price and then open you pocket book for a change (no pun intended) and sign a decent pitcher or 2.

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