Two seasons ago, Justin Morneau was one of the most feared hitters in all of baseball. The 2006 American League Most Valuable Player Award winner was on pace in 2010 to not only set career-highs, but possibly win his second MVP award.
Next to Joe Mauer, Morneau was the second-best player on the Twins and not even Target Field was going to slow him down. Then came July 7, 2010.
Morneau charged hard into second base trying to break up a double play in a game against the Toronto Blue Jays. What seemed like a harmless play in real time on television wound up as a nightmare for Morneau as he has not regained his MVP form since then.
Morneau has played just 69 games for the Minnesota Twins since then and because of multiple injuries (in addition to another concussion suffered in September), he has looked like a shell of his former self.
All of this has an interesting question that has been sparked by comments made by ESPN's Jim Bowden.
The Twins will not be contenders, their payroll gives them little flexibility, and the front office is high on first baseman Chris Parmelee.”
“The Rangers, who have a hole at first, may need another bat to keep pace with the other elite AL teams, and with Josh Hamilton a free agent at season's end, they may decide to trade for Morneau at the deadline, as he appears to be healthy for the first time in a couple of years."
If Justin Morneau has any value at the July trade deadline should the Twins trade one of their faces of the franchise? Here is why a Morneau trade would make sense.