Minnesota first baseman Justin Morneau
2013 stats: .264 average/.324 on-base/.396 slugging, 8 homers, 53 RBIs in 96 games
Contract: Free agent after season; roughly $4.8 million left in 2013
Why he fits: Morneau, the 2006 AL MVP, certainly isn't what he once was. But he is still somewhat of a run producer and probably would see a spike in homers going from Target Field to Camden Yards. His mild-mannered nature would fit in with the clubhouse, and he has playoff experience. But he's also left-handed and is owed a good chunk of change -- though it's expected the Twins would pick up some of that depending on what they get in return.
Connolly's take: The sense I'm getting is that there was some kicking of tires, but no real motivation to make it happen based on his downward offensive slide. (J. Meric, Getty Images /July 8, 2013)
Closing in on the last hour before the non-waiver trade deadline and I have a quick breather to tell you what I’ve heard.
And that’s that the Orioles aren’t particularly close to a deal. Now there’s the caveat that things can change rapidly. And we’ve seen it happen before.
But right now it looks like they may not get anything done.
One industry source said that’s not for a lack of trying. They are apparently still contacting several teams today, but they don’t want to take on a ton of salary or give up their best prospects. And unless the demands come down, they will wait for August, when players must clear trade waivers before being dealt.
Dan Duquette has the OK to add salary, but the combination of adding it and giving up certain prospects has not been palatable at this point.
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