|Aug. 31 12:14 PM PT1:14 PM MT2:14 PM CT3:14 PM ET15:14 ET19:14 GMT3:14 CST12:14 PM MST2:14 PM EST2:44 PM VEN23:14 UAE2:14 PM CT-The Minnesota Twins have traded Justin Morneau to the Pittsburgh Pirates, sending the veteran first baseman to a playoff-contending team for the final month of the season. The deal was done on Saturday before the deadline. The Twins obtained outfielder Alex Presley and either a player to be named or cash.
Analysis: Morneau is in the final year of his contract, making $14 million. He has been with the Twins for 11 seasons, winning the American League MVP award in 2006 and becoming one of the best hitters in the game until a concussion knocked him out of action in 2010. His production hasn't been the same since. Morneau batted .259 with 32 doubles, 17 home runs and 74 RBIs for the Twins this year in 495 at-bats.
|Aug. 21 10:59 AM PT11:59 AM MT12:59 PM CT1:59 PM ET13:59 ET17:59 GMT1:59 CST10:59 AM MST12:59 PM EST1:29 PM VEN21:59 UAE12:59 PM CT-Morneau was 4 for 5, driving in four runs and connecting on his 15th homer in in a 6-3 loss at Detroit on Tuesday.
Analysis: Morneau is slugging .612 over his last 20 contests with seven homers and 19 RBIs.
|Aug. 13 2:55 PM PT3:55 PM MT4:55 PM CT5:55 PM ET17:55 ET21:55 GMT5:55 CST2:55 PM MST4:55 PM EST5:25 PM VEN1:55 UAE (+1)4:55 PM CT-The Minnesota Twins have placed Morneau on revocable waivers.
Analysis: If Morneau is claimed before Wednesday's deadline, the Twins can work out a trade with the claiming team, let that team take his contract or pull him back and keep him in Minnesota. If he is not claimed, the Twins are free to negotiate with any team. Manager Ron Gardenhire says placing players on waivers is simply a procedural move that the Twins and other teams do with a majority of their players every August.
|Aug. 11 10:29 AM PT11:29 AM MT12:29 PM CT1:29 PM ET13:29 ET17:29 GMT1:29 CST10:29 AM MST12:29 PM EST12:59 PM VEN21:29 UAE12:29 PM CT-Morneau had a three-run bomb in Saturday's 5-4 loss to the ChiSox.
Analysis: Morneau has five jacks and 12 RBIs in his last seven games.
|Aug. 10 12:13 PM PT1:13 PM MT2:13 PM CT3:13 PM ET15:13 ET19:13 GMT3:13 CST12:13 PM MST2:13 PM EST2:43 PM VEN23:13 UAE2:13 PM CT-Morneau went 2 for 5 with two homers - including a grand slam - in Game 1 of Friday's doubleheader against the Chicago White Sox.
Analysis: Morneau has five homers and 11 RBIs in his last nine games.
|Aug. 8 12:36 PM PT1:36 PM MT2:36 PM CT3:36 PM ET15:36 ET19:36 GMT3:36 CST12:36 PM MST2:36 PM EST3:06 PM VEN23:36 UAE2:36 PM CT-Morneau had two hits in Wednesday's 5-2 loss to the Royals.
Analysis: Morneau is hitting .238 against lefties and the Twins face two in a DH with Chicago on Friday. Proceed with caution.
|Aug. 5 12:09 PM PT1:09 PM MT2:09 PM CT3:09 PM ET15:09 ET19:09 GMT3:09 CST12:09 PM MST2:09 PM EST2:39 PM VEN23:09 UAE2:09 PM CT-Morneau hit a two-run jack in a 3-2 win over the Astros on Sunday.
Analysis: Morneau was 5 for 13 over the weekend and is hitting .314 against the Royals, the Twins' next foe.
|Aug. 3 1:14 PM PT2:14 PM MT3:14 PM CT4:14 PM ET16:14 ET20:14 GMT4:14 CST1:14 PM MST3:14 PM EST3:44 PM VEN0:14 UAE (+1)3:14 PM CT-Morneau was 2 for 6 in Minnesota's 4-3 win in 10 innings over Houston on Friday.
Analysis: Morneau's 27 doubles are his most since 2009 when he hit 31.
|Aug. 2 2:20 PM PT3:20 PM MT4:20 PM CT5:20 PM ET17:20 ET21:20 GMT5:20 CST2:20 PM MST4:20 PM EST4:50 PM VEN1:20 UAE (+1)4:20 PM CT-Morneau went yard in a 7-2 loss to KC on Thursday.
Analysis: Morneau is up to nine jacks on the year. Yes you read that correctly - nine for the once-feared slugger.
|July 28 11:36 AM PT12:36 PM MT1:36 PM CT2:36 PM ET14:36 ET18:36 GMT2:36 CST11:36 AM MST1:36 PM EST2:06 PM VEN22:36 UAE1:36 PM CT-Morneau homered to lead the Twins to a 4-0 victory Saturday at Seattle.
Analysis: Morneau was 2 for 4 after going 1 for 10 to start the four-game set.
|July 5 3:22 PM PT4:22 PM MT5:22 PM CT6:22 PM ET18:22 ET22:22 GMT6:22 CST3:22 PM MST5:22 PM EST5:52 PM VEN2:22 UAE (+1)5:22 PM CT-Morneau pounded out two homers but it wasn't enough in a 9-5 loss to the Yankees on Thursday.
Analysis: Morneau had been hitless in his previous three games, going 0 for 11 during that span.
|July 1 2:00 PM PT3:00 PM MT4:00 PM CT5:00 PM ET17:00 ET21:00 GMT5:00 CST2:00 PM MST4:00 PM EST4:30 PM VEN1:00 UAE (+1)4:00 PM CT-Morneau drove in two in Sunday's 9-8 loss to KC.
Analysis: Morneau is hitting .354 with 11 doubles, three home runs and 24 RBIs in his last 25 home games. ...
|June 30 10:41 AM PT11:41 AM MT12:41 PM CT1:41 PM ET13:41 ET17:41 GMT1:41 CST10:41 AM MST12:41 PM EST1:11 PM VEN21:41 UAE12:41 PM CT-Morneau went 2 for 3 with a double and two RBIs in a 6-2 win over Kansas City on Saturday.
Analysis: It was Morneau's third straight multi-hit game. He's 6 for 11 with four doubles and four RBIs over that span.
|June 28 1:15 PM PT2:15 PM MT3:15 PM CT4:15 PM ET16:15 ET20:15 GMT4:15 CST1:15 PM MST3:15 PM EST3:45 PM VEN0:15 UAE (+1)3:15 PM CT-Morneau had two doubles and an RBI in Thursday's 3-1 win over the Royals.
Analysis: Morneau is batting .331 at home compared to .239 on the road.
|June 12 10:46 AM PT11:46 AM MT12:46 PM CT1:46 PM ET13:46 ET17:46 GMT1:46 CST10:46 AM MST12:46 PM EST1:16 PM VEN21:46 UAE12:46 PM CT-Morneau went 3 for 4 with a double and two RBIs in a 3-2 win over Philadelphia on Tuesday.
Analysis: Morneau is 9 for 24 (.375) with two doubles and two RBIs over his last seven games.
|May 23 3:18 PM PT4:18 PM MT5:18 PM CT6:18 PM ET18:18 ET22:18 GMT6:18 CST3:18 PM MST5:18 PM EST5:48 PM VEN2:18 UAE (+1)5:18 PM CT-Morneau went 2 for 4 for the third straight game Wednesday in the Twins' 8-3 loss at Atlanta.
Analysis: Morneau has recorded two or more hits eight times in his last 11 games, a stretch he's hitting .435 with 10 RBIs during.
|May 22 12:58 PM PT1:58 PM MT2:58 PM CT3:58 PM ET15:58 ET19:58 GMT3:58 CST12:58 PM MST2:58 PM EST3:28 PM VEN23:58 UAE2:58 PM CT-Morneau was 2 for 4 in the Twins' 5-4 loss to the Braves on Tuesday.
Analysis: Though it was the seventh straight loss for the Twins, Morneau remains hot, batting .394 with 16 RBIs while hitting safely in 15 of his last 16.
|May 15 10:35 AM PT11:35 AM MT12:35 PM CT1:35 PM ET13:35 ET17:35 GMT1:35 CST10:35 AM MST12:35 PM EST1:05 PM VEN21:35 UAE12:35 PM CT-Morneau had two hits as the Twins lost 4-2 to the White Sox on Tuesday. He's hit in 10 straight.
Analysis: Morneau's OPS has improved to .769 but he simply has no power against lefties with a .300 slugging percentage.
|May 14 8:38 AM PT9:38 AM MT10:38 AM CT11:38 AM ET11:38 ET15:38 GMT23:38 CST8:38 AM MST10:38 AM EST11:08 AM VEN19:38 UAE10:38 AM CT-Morneau went 3 for 5 with a season-high four RBIs in Monday's 10-3 win over the Chicago White Sox.
Analysis: Morneau is batting .417 with 14 RBIs during a nine-game hitting streak.
|May 12 11:06 AM PT12:06 PM MT1:06 PM CT2:06 PM ET14:06 ET18:06 GMT2:06 CST11:06 AM MST1:06 PM EST1:36 PM VEN22:06 UAE1:06 PM CT-Morneau had three hits and drove in three runs Saturday in an 8-5 victory over the O's.
Analysis: Morneau has 10 RBI over his last seven games, going 11 for 28.
|May 9 8:56 AM PT9:56 AM MT10:56 AM CT11:56 AM ET11:56 ET15:56 GMT23:56 CST8:56 AM MST10:56 AM EST11:26 AM VEN19:56 UAE10:56 AM CT-Morneau had two hits and three RBIs as the Twins dominated the Red Sox 15-8 on Wednesday.
Analysis: Morneau is batting .318 since April 25, when he was a .235 hitter.
|May 8 11:26 AM PT12:26 PM MT1:26 PM CT2:26 PM ET14:26 ET18:26 GMT2:26 CST11:26 AM MST1:26 PM EST1:56 PM VEN22:26 UAE1:26 PM CT-Morneau had two hits as the Twins beat the Red Sox 6-1 on Tuesday.
Analysis: Morneau has a OPS that is laughable at .669 to rank 134th in the majors and he represents a major fantasy bust at this point. His .276 slugging percentage against left-handers is embarrassing, quite frankly.
|Apr. 13 9:59 PM PT10:59 PM MT11:59 PM CT12:59 AM ET0:59 ET4:59 GMT12:59 CST9:59 PM MST11:59 PM EST12:29 AM VEN8:59 UAE11:59 PM CT-Morneau had two hits and scored twice in a 16-5 loss to the Mets on Friday.
Analysis: Morneau picked up his fourth RBI and needs to start picking it up for fantasy owners.
|Mar. 29 2:50 PM PT3:50 PM MT4:50 PM CT5:50 PM ET17:50 ET21:50 GMT5:50 CST2:50 PM MST4:50 PM EST5:20 PM VEN1:50 UAE (+1)3:50 PM CT-Morneau did not play Friday because of tightness in his back and likely won't play Saturday.
Analysis: But Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said he will be ready for Monday's opener against Detroit and Justin Verlander.