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.


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38 Comments on "Dodgers No Longer A Fit For Morneau"


Dave Poaps
3 years 29 days ago

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

Lunchbox45
3 years 29 days ago

does brett cecil count?

Dave Poaps
3 years 29 days ago

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

Lunchbox45
3 years 29 days 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

Gumby65
3 years 29 days ago

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

BlueSkyLA
BlueSkyLA
3 years 29 days ago

Naw, that never happens!

Sajju Shah
3 years 29 days ago

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

BlueSkyLA
BlueSkyLA
3 years 29 days 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 29 days 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 29 days ago

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

Payaso
3 years 29 days ago

Have fun paying the rest of that contract twins.

JellyBeanButera
3 years 29 days ago

Have fun watching Loney at bat.

ThinkBlue10
3 years 29 days ago

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

3 years 29 days ago

what about Ely or Fife?

BlueSkyLA
BlueSkyLA
3 years 29 days 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 29 days 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)

Bob George
3 years 29 days ago

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

esasc4
3 years 29 days 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 29 days ago

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

doyers
3 years 29 days 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

3 years 29 days ago

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.

3 years 29 days ago

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

3 years 29 days ago

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

johnsilver
3 years 29 days 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.

nwh2787
3 years 29 days ago

I think the Dodgers will randomly pick up Hunter Pence

Todd Smith
3 years 29 days 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.

rxbrgr
3 years 29 days ago

Bless you! It sounded like you sneezed.

Sky14
3 years 29 days 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 29 days 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.

3 years 29 days ago

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.

MadmanTX
3 years 29 days ago

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

Cody
3 years 29 days ago

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

3 years 29 days ago

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?

Rob Lucci
3 years 29 days ago

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

JellyBeanButera
3 years 29 days 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.

3 years 29 days ago

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.

3 years 28 days ago

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.

stl_cards16
3 years 29 days ago

You got us :(