Jul 13, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau (33) runs to third base during the third inning against the Minnesota Twins at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Colorado Rockies Trade Rumors: Will Justin Morneau clear waivers?

The Colorado Rockies aren’t going to be contending this season but they will no doubt be in the thick of things when it comes to the waiver trade deadline this month.

We won’t be seeing names like Troy Tulowitzki clearing waivers but names like Justin Morneau could very well slip through the waiver wire unclaimed and then be flipped to a contender for a small profit back to the Rockies.

According to CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman, Morneau is a bubble candidate to clear waivers as he’s aged and taken a decline a bit but has put together a near All-Star season that makes his salary not look so bad to accept.

The near All-Star with the .853 OPS just came off the DL. Since folks aren’t necessarily overwhelmed by good but not great numbers in Colorado, he has a chance to make it through. His $6.75 million salary doesn’t seem overwhelming.

A contender could leap up and grab Morneau and the Rockies don’t have a whole lot of incentive to hang onto him, but they might pull him back if he’s claimed. He cleared waivers a year ago when the Minnesota Twins traded him to the Pittsburgh Pirates and the same could very well happen again in Colorado this August.

Be sure to stay glued to FanSided’s MLB Rumors page to stay up to date with the latest action and rumbling from the baseball hot stove this trade season.

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