Twins trade Morneau to Pittsburgh

9:12 PM, Aug 31, 2013   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS - The Minnesota Twins traded Justin Morneau to the Pittsburgh Pirates for an outfielder and a player to be named later.

The Twins will get Alex Presly, an outfielder who has appeared in 29 games for the Pirates this season, hitting .264 with one double, one triple, two home runs and four RBI.

The 28-year-old was most recently with Triple-A Indianapolis, hitting .298 with 17 doubles, six triples, five home runs, 27 RBI, 17 stolen bases and 57 runs scored. He will join the Twins on their current road trip.

Multiple media outlets are reporting that right-handed relief pitcher Duke Welker is the player to be named later. He pitched for most of the season in Triple A Indianapolis where he posted a 3.25 ERA and 64 strikeouts in 61 innings.

Morneau has had a long history with the Twins, earning MVP honors in 2006. He was the runner-up for the MVP in 2008. Morneau passed Tony Oliva on the Twins' all-time list for home runs on Friday night. Morneau's game-winner in Texas was the 221st home run of his career.

But Morneau hasn't put up the same numbers since he suffered a concussion while sliding into second base just before the All-Star Break in 2010. The injury sidelined him for the rest of the 2010 season and despite starting the 2011 season, he was in and out of the lineup due to injuries that year.

He played in 1,278 games after breaking into the big leagues with the Twins in 2003. He has a career .278 batting average with 289 doubles and 860 RBI.

Morneau joins a Pittsburgh lineup competing with St. Louis for the National League Central Division title. He will join former Twin Francisco Liriano, who has won 15 games this season.

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