Justin Morneau Claimed On Waivers

Justin Morneau was claimed on waivers several days ago, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports (Twitter links). The Twins didn't work out a trade with the claiming team, so the first baseman will be staying in Minnesota. If the Twins place Morneau on waivers again, the waivers will no longer be revocable. However it seems unlikely that Morneau will be placed on waivers again since the Twins don't view him as a giveaway, according to Heyman.

Morneau earns $14MM this year — approximately $2.8MM between now and the end of the regular season — and the same amount in 2013. The 31-year-old has a .274/.332/.472 batting line with 17 home runs and 25 doubles in 446 plate appearances this year. This marks the first time since 2009 that Morneau has played in 100 games, an indication that Morneau's concussion issues are not preventing him from producing.

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  1. Me 3 years ago


    • nocalraiderfan 3 years ago

      The Rangers don’t need offense, they need pitching and it’s entirely possible that he was claimed by another AL team just to block him from being claimed by a team like the Rangers.

  2. AngryTick 3 years ago

    Justin Morneau was drafted as a catcher by the Twins. It’s public knowledge the Dodgers are in dire need of a bullpen catcher! 14m is market value in LA!

  3. Giants make a lot of sense…..

  4. Jason Mobbs 3 years ago

    Giants……….. Please!

    • itsmewade 3 years ago

      It says no trade was worked out, so it doesn’t matter. He’s staying in Minnesota.

      • johnsilver 3 years ago

        For now.. Entire off season for Ryan to go over his team and the wrath of the fan base and realize the situation is as bad as the fans have been saying all year, if not worse.

    • SFrush90 3 years ago

      Morneau is not the answer. He’s a glorified platoon player. Belt has a lot of potential and needs to be given a full year without anyone else like Pill or Huff taking his spot.

      • $1529282 3 years ago

        I know his numbers against LHP don’t look like much, but over the past two months, Morneau has abused left-handed pitching. He started off something like 4-for-50 against lefties without a walk, so it does appear that he’s carrying a drastic platoon split, but he’s actually worked that kink out.

  5. I read rumors last week that the Dodgers had claimed him but couldn’t work out a trade which is why they went after Gonzalez.

  6. carlos 3 years ago

    espn la reported the dodgers couldnt get morneau last week so just connect the dots

  7. Everett Aquasox or Nippon Ham Fighters?

    • Thekid19444 3 years ago

      Everett is a Seattle minor league team right so everett

  8. BrentL 3 years ago

    Redsox may be interested for next season. They need a 1B an have tons of money.

  9. Manny Being Manny 3 years ago

    Could it be the Orioles? It was just reported they can add some payroll, and 1B is a place they can improve.

  10. jondogg2010 3 years ago

    Welcome to MLBTRTAH- MLB Trade Rumors That Almost Happened.

    • sourbob 3 years ago

      I’m not sure I get the joke. Would you prefer they only report on trades that already happened? Those are called “News sites.”

  11. jondogg2010 3 years ago

    Also, he isn’t a give away? Wonder why the Twins won’t win anytime soon. That money, plus his injury history= give away! Stop being homerish, it’s a business. Mauer can play 1B everyday.

    • Sky14 3 years ago

      .274/.332/.472 batting line with 17 home runs and 25 doubles in 446 plate appearances this year= not a giveaway.

      • YanksFanSince78 3 years ago

        $14 mil next year and over 100 games missed in the last 2 years and a team in last place = sell while his value is at it’s highest since the concussion. If they can get a decent prospect or two then they should do it.

        • Sky14 3 years ago

          well yea trade him if they can get a couple decent prospects, but they shouldn’t just give him away. Who said his values is at its peak now? People were upset the Twins didn’t dump him at the deadline and his numbers have improved greatly since. $14 mil for one year isn’t a horrible contract for the type of numbers a player like Morneau can produce. You should know that since you are a Yankee fan since 78.

    • ea19 3 years ago

      Move Mauer to first and you are going to live with Doumit and Butera at catcher?? You really don’t know your baseball!!!

      • Jack Miller 3 years ago

        Doumit is having a good and for him an above average year

  12. dc21892 3 years ago

    Not a bad comeback year at all for him. Nice to see he’s still capable of playing at a high level – to some degree – even after the injuries.

  13. Alex Mednick 3 years ago

    Maybe the Blue Jays…? AA would love to have a Canadian superstar…Rogers has a big wallet…

    • Jacob 3 years ago

      No, it involves AA doing something this season that doesn’t include trading for a meh bullpen piece.

      • Alex Mednick 3 years ago

        it’s possible he wants to acquire Morneau as trade bait for Miguel Batista

  14. Shane McMahon 3 years ago

    Let me guess……the Dodgers?

  15. Jason Champion 3 years ago

    It’d be strange to see him playing for anyone but the Minnesota Twins.

  16. TigerFan1968 3 years ago

    The Twins are acting like a big market team. They should have let him walk and save 15 million plus. Then Mauer could play first base most of the time.

  17. camerondatzker 3 years ago

    I got a trade proposal, The Giants trade The Minnesota Twins, Brandon Belt 1B-OF, Pitcher Heath Hembree to The Twins for 1st Baseman Justin Morneau.. that would be a great trade for both sides..

  18. CubsFan5 3 years ago

    Orioles? Mark Reynolds has had a solid August (Move him to DH). Chris Davis would be an upgrade over McLouth in LF. Morneau gives them another lefty with some pop. Reynolds also really struggles against righties.

  19. Joshua Gordon 3 years ago

    whether or not he is past is prime. Is up for debate, but you could have used nicely terms to describe him. Yes had a concussion for a year or so. He seems to be doing well as of the last month or so.

  20. Sky14 3 years ago

    Not sure where to begin with pointing out how ridiculous this comment is or whether I should because you are an obvious troll, but I’ll give it a shot anyway. 1.) Your comment had little to do with the original 2.) Morneau has never expressed a desire to leave 3.) Since when is every year begin in 2011? (not that they have been technically dead last anyway).

  21. $1529282 3 years ago

    Didn’t watch much baseball pre-2011, did you?

  22. CubsFan5 3 years ago

    Have you seen McLouths batting line? .215/.287/.331. If Davis can play average to slightly below average defense his bat negates it. There’s no way McLouths defense negates his bat. I’d want to see McLouth replicate his August batting line before I trust any part of his game.

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