Pirates Have Some Interest in Morneau; Yankees Not Discussing Deal

The Pirates have "some interest" in Morneau.

The Pirates have “some interest” in Morneau.

Last night I wrote about some of the conflicting reports surrounding Justin Morneau. Jon Morosi wrote that Morneau doesn’t think he will be traded. Charley Walters of the Pioneer Press felt that the Pirates were the best bet if Morneau is traded. There was another report out of Minnesota from Darren Wolfson that said the Yankees are back in it.

This morning, Buster Olney reported that the Yankees are not discussing a possible deal for Morneau.

Knowing that the Yankees aren’t discussing a deal for Morneau helps somewhat. The Yankees are one of few contending teams who could use someone like Morneau. The Pirates are another, and Bill Brink of the Post-Gazette reports this morning that they have “some interest” in trading for Morneau.

As I mentioned last night, Morneau would be an upgrade to the Pirates, since he’s performing better this year against right-handers than Garrett Jones. However, if you’re expecting Morneau to fix the entire offense, you’re probably going to be disappointed. I could still see Minnesota holding Morneau up to the deadline, hoping other teams get into the mix and raise the price.

Tim Williams

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Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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