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.
For tweeps who have asked: The Yankees are not discussing a possible deal for Justin Morneau.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) August 21, 2013
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.