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First Pitch: Morneau For Two Players Who Barely Made It Out Of A-Ball

First Pitch: Morneau For Two Players Who Barely Made It Out Of A-Ball

The Pittsburgh Pirates acquired Justin Morneau today for Alex Presley and a PTBNL, who is reportedly Duke Welker. For our analysis on the first part of the deal, check out the trade article. I was thinking about the two players involved in the deal, and thinking about how they got to where they were.

First, this is another deal where the Pirates are getting short-term help, but not giving up anything they will miss. Morneau is a better option than Presley this year. Presley would have been lost in the mix of outfielders in September that will include Jose Tabata, Travis Snider, Felix Pie, Andrew Lambo, and maybe even guys like Jerry Sands. Morneau should start at first, and when he's not starting, he's the top bat off the bench. Next year Presley is out of options, and once again would ...

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