The Pittsburgh Pirates currently sit tied atop the National League Central division with the St. Louis Cardinals and hold just a 3.5 game lead over the Cincinnati Reds, who would be the second Wild Card team.
In an effort to make their first postseason since 1992, the Pirates have attempted to bolster their roster and today announced the acquisition of longtime Minnesota Twins first baseman, Justin Morneau.
Per Ken Rosenthal:
The Twins had tried desperately to move Moreanu at the trading deadline but his large salary (though it’s in the final year) made it difficult as the Twins were hesitant to pick any money up in a deal. There were deep discussions with the Baltimore Orioles at the deadline, but those talks broke down and that lead to Morneau being placed on waivers.
Shockingly, he went unclaimed (again, likely do to the pro-rated $14 million dollar salary) which opened the door for the Pirates to acquire him.
Morneau, who’s a career .280 hitter has struggled with his average this season, though, has been playing much better in recent weeks and could prove to be a solid addition as the Pirates battle for a playoff spot.