Minnesota Twins first baseman Justin Morneau has been traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Alex Presely and a player to be named later or cash, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.
Morneau was not claimed when the Twins had placed him on waivers earlier in the month, according to multiple reports. Morneau has played 11 years in the big leagues, all with the Twins, as he now moves to a contending team with the Pirates. Morneau, 32, is hitting .259/.315/.426 this season with 17 homers and 74 runs batted in. This is his last year under contract, as he becomes a free agent in the winter.
In return the Twins will be receiving Alex Presley, a 27 year outfielder with only 204 games in the big leagues for his career. Presley is currently hitting .264/.274/.389 this season in 29 games for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The Pirates continue to make a case for winning the NL Central. After they acquired Marlon Byrd and John Buck, they still went out and got themselves Justin Morneau. This may be a World Series or bust year for the Pirates, as they are completely stacked for this stretch run.