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MLB Rumors: Justin Morneau Not Worth Hefty Price Tag

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JULY 19: Justin Morneau #33 of the Minnesota Twins reacts to striking out against the Baltimore Orioles during the first inning on July 19, 2012 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Orioles defeated the Twins 4-3. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IJuly 30, 2012

Minnesota Twin first baseman Justin Morneau may have had a bounce-back campaign this season, but he ultimately isn't worth his price tag.

According to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com, the Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants and Toronto Blue Jays appear to be interested in the four-time All-Star and 2006 American League MVP.

That would be a mistake.

Morneau may have found a bit of his pop this year (13 home runs, 46 RBI), but he's still hitting .260, and he's 31 years old with about $19 million left on his contract through next season. It doesn't make logical or financial sense to take on that contract.

There's also the fact that Morneau has had a history of injury and concussion problems. He's not only in his 30's; he doesn't figure to last much longer before he starts breaking down for good. He hasn't played a full season since 2008.

For teams in need of some pop like the Dodgers or the Giants, I understand why you would reach for Morneau, but it's not going to make enough of an impact—this year or next—to be worth the money. He's no longer the All-Star caliber first baseman he once was. In fact, he ranks 16th in OPS (.780) among first baseman this season who have enough at-bats to qualify.

In that sense, it's no wonder why the Twins would rather trade Morneau than Josh Willingham or Denard Span, as Heyman notes.

On top of Morneau's price tag, the Twins are reportedly asking for a "major-league ready" starting pitcher, per Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com.

Who in their right mind would take on Morneau's contract and cough up a major-league caliber starting pitcher in the process? Even if the Twins shared some of the cost, it still wouldn't be worth it.

Unless the Twins scale back on their demands, no one should be gunning for Morneau.

 

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