Dodgers No Longer A Fit For Morneau

The Dodgers are no longer a fit for Twins first baseman Justin Morneau, tweets Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, now that they've sent Nathan Eovaldi to Miami in the Hanley Ramirez deal.  Rosenthal says the Twins seek a Major League ready starting pitcher for Morneau, and of course will have to work out the $19MM remaining on his contract.

Earlier today, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports named the Blue Jays and Giants as potential Morneau suitors.

The Dodgers appear to have their sights set on Shane Victorino and Ryan Dempster, ESPN's Jayson Stark wrote today.


38 Responses to Dodgers No Longer A Fit For Morneau Leave a Reply

  1. Dave Poaps 3 years ago

    I would think this eliminates the Jays as well since they are starved for starting pitching.

    • Lunchbox45 3 years ago

      does brett cecil count?

      • Dave Poaps 3 years ago

        I wouldn’t miss Brett all that much. Hopefully Morrow returns soon to fill in the rotation.

        • Lunchbox45 3 years ago

          well reality is you move happ to the rotation and he’ll give you around the same performance as cecil.

          not sure how attractive he is to the twins though, but a move out of the division wouldn’t definitely help

  2. Gumby65 3 years ago

    Thinking Dodgers will make a move that hasn’t even been rumored or discussed.

    • BlueSkyLA 3 years ago

      Naw, that never happens!

      • Sajju Shah 3 years ago

        that always happens. didn’t even know about manny or hanram, just happened randomly.

        • BlueSkyLA 3 years ago

          Maybe it wasn’t obvious but I was being facetious. Seems like year after year that the most important trades are not telegraphed in advance. Manny Ramirez just dropped out of the sky only minutes before the deadline. Nobody saw that coming.

          • Gumby65 3 years ago

            Yep as matter of fact the whole thing was reported that Bay was on way to LA in that 3-team deal.

        • doyers 3 years ago

          it wasnt random there were rumors that the dodgers were in interested in both Manny and Hanley Ramierz

  3. Payaso 3 years ago

    Have fun paying the rest of that contract twins.

  4. ThinkBlue10 3 years ago

    So I guess I have nothing to look forward to at the deadline…..

  5. what about Ely or Fife?

    • BlueSkyLA 3 years ago

      Ely is probably past his sell-by date but Fife is marketable. Van Slyke and Sands probably have some market value.

    • rxbrgr 3 years ago

      Exactly what I was thinking. Perhaps Ely, who’s actually got great peripherals (aside from HRs allowed) this year, could be packaged with Garrett Gould for Morneau and cash. The Twins could get a “major-league ready” arm and a decent prospect if they’ll foot most the bill of the first baseman LA desperately needs.

      (Ely’s 2012 AAA stats: http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=ely—002joh#standard_pitching::none)

  6. Bob George 3 years ago

    The Dodgers need a 1b more than an OF. Doesn’t have to be Morneau.

  7. esasc4 3 years ago

    Just like every year, the rich big city clubs i.e. the dodgers and rangers will try to buy them a world series ring.

    • Sajju Shah 3 years ago

      right because the dodgers are always doing this. Frank McCourt loved to spend.

    • doyers 3 years ago

      well this is the first time that dodgers are going after players with owed salary since they got new owners trying to build a team to contend for a world series

  8. I don’t see any starting pitching that the Giants would be willing to give up for Morneau, unless Twins want to swap contracts for Zito…Pretty big dropoff after the starting 5 & with Surkamp undergoing Tommy John.

  9. don’t they have stephen fife? why not trade him for morneau?

    • Fife isn’t considered MLB ready he’s been starting because the Dodgers have two starters on the 60 day DL

      • johnsilver 3 years ago

        Reminds me.. *who* was that Robinson guy most of the LAD fans were screaming about here losing last year when I was telling everyone they would come out big winners in getting both Fife and Fed-X 😉

        fed-X has done pretty well in AAA, started in the AAA AS game (against his one time team mate Ryan Lavarnway) and would be in the MLB now, had the Dodgers not found lightning in a career MiLB guy.

  10. nwh2787 3 years ago

    I think the Dodgers will randomly pick up Hunter Pence

  11. Todd Smith 3 years ago

    Morneau could be an interesting pickup for the Pirates – especially if they can find another outfielder, like a Choo. A lineup of Choo, Walker, McCutchen, Morneau, Jones, Alvarez, Barajas, Barmes could work out well, plus they would have both Choo and Morneau back next year.

  12. Sky14 3 years ago

    Morneau is an excellent change of scenery type player. His power numbers are being suppressed by target field with his home/away slugging% differing by 100 points.

    • JellyBeanButera 3 years ago

      Perhaps, but ti also doesn’t chage the fact he has been horrible against lefies this year. And I doubt a change of scenery will help there.

      • Not since June 17th. Morneau has hit .324 against lefties (11 for 34) had a 17 game hitting streak and is batting close to .320 in his last 25 games.

  13. MadmanTX 3 years ago

    Don’t understand why Rangers aren’t interested. Moreland isn’t the answer at 1B. MY should DH.

  14. Cody 3 years ago

    Please not Dempster. The Law of Averages when combined with his current age equals a horrible stretch run.

  15. Morneau’s been hitting better lately, so hopefully we’ll find a team like the Pirates or Rangers that is willing to give us M. Perez or Locke. Morneau and $10MM to TEX for Perez and a PTBNL?

  16. Rob Lucci 3 years ago

    Just throwing this out there but how about the Dodgers try and get Ryan Howard….just saying.

    • JellyBeanButera 3 years ago

      That contract is just too horrible. Yeah I know the Dodgers can afford it because of the new tv deal, but it still doesn’t mean you should go get Howard and his $25 Million a year contract.

  17. Morneau may have turned a corner. After hitting a pathetic .091 against Lefties, he’s hitting .324 against them since (11 for 34). He’s also had a 17 game hitting streak and is hitting close to .320 for his last 25 games. He’s a huge risk/reward player that could make a big difference to any team in the running.

    • AND he’s had no concussion issues all season, thats significant. Before that injury he was HR champ, MVP, etc. Guy is a stud. I hope we don’t trade him.

  18. stl_cards16 3 years ago

    You got us :(

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