Earlier this week, Minnesota Twins first baseman Justin Morneau passed through waivers, essentially meaning any team can now attempt to trade for the left handed bat without interference.
It wasn’t a sure thing that Morneau would be traded, though, the Twins certainly didn’t expect such limited interest in their longtime slugger.
Due $14 million dollars in the final year of his contract, any team who acquires Morneau would be on the hook for the pro-rated portion of his salary through the season’s final month and a half, something that may have teams looking elsewhere.
According to Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, despite relatively heavy interest in Morneau at the trade deadline, the Twins haven’t been fielding many calls in the past week:
One of the teams who showed the strongest interest in Morneau at the trade deadline were the Baltimore Orioles, though they too have seemingly appeared to move on despite still being in the market for another bat.