Jul 8, 2013; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Minnesota Twins first baseman Justin Morneau (33) hits a solo home run during the fourth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

MLB Trade Rumors: Mystery teams pursuing Justin Morenau

A market is developing for Minnesota Twins first baseman Justin Morenau, but the interested teams remain a mystery. The Orioles are or aren’t interested depending on which report you read. The first baseman is batting .262/.322/.393 this season with 8 home runs and 53 RBIs through 97 games this season.

From Jon Heyman of CBS Sports:

The Orioles, Pirates and one or two mystery teams are said to make up the market for Twins first baseman Justin Morneau.

With Morneau, a longtime Twins star and the 2006 AL MVP, a free agent after this season, Minnesota is fielding offers.

The Rangers are looking for hitting but seem to prefer a right-handed bat. The Yankees had talked briefly to the Twins but seem fairly satisfied with Lyle Overbay at first base.

This conflicts with a report from Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun that says talks between the Orioles and Twins haven’t heated up in days. The reasons Connolly gives for the Orioles losing interest is a combination of lack of production, money and that he is left handed.

Major League Baseball’s non-waiver trade deadline is Wednesday July 31st at 4 pm EST.

Tags: Baltimore Orioles Justin Morneau Minnesota Twins New York Yankees Pittsburgh Pirates Texas Rangers

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