MLB Trade Rumors: Could a Justin Morneau Deal Happen with the Toronto Blue Jays?

Chris SchadContributor IIIJune 18, 2012

KANSAS CITY, MO - JUNE 4:  Justin Morneau #33 of the Minnesota Twins rounds third after hitting a two-run home run against the Kansas City Royals in the fifth inning at Kauffman Stadium June 4, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)
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Minnesota Twins fans, it's time for one of your favorite soap operas that you've been reading on Bleacher Report all season long: Should the Minnesota Twins trade Justin Morneau?

In today's episode, we take a step back a couple days, to see something written by CBSSportsline writer Danny Knobler—who wrote on Friday that the Toronto Blue Jays were "particularly interested" in trading for Morneau.

Once again, it opens the debate as to whether the Twins should give up on one of their current cornerstones of the franchise, or keep their fingers crossed that their Canadian Crusher magically reverts back to his old form: a form that saw him win an American League MVP in 2006 and what could have potentially been two more in 2008 and 2010.

From the Twins perspective, it would make sense to do so...if, of course, the Blue Jays can offer some of their top prospects in return.

The Jays' farm system ranked fifth in a yearly study by Baseball America, and have some pitchers with high ceilings (Daniel Norris, Justin Nicolino, and Aaron Sanchez as examples) that could give the Twins someone other than Nick Blackburn to throw out on the mound.

The thing with trade rumors is, though, that people don't usually realize that a deal needs to work out with both sides to get something done. In this case, I have no idea why the Blue Jays would want to make a deal for Morneau.

We've all heard the downside with Morneau: he's had injury problems and hasn't returned to the same player that he was. I think Twins fans have heard that enough to make them want to gouge their eardrums with a power drill.

It's become much more than the injury situation that has me worried about a potential Morneau trade for any team. Morneau has suddenly forgotten how to hit left-handed pitching, as he's 6-for-63 against southpaws this season.

I know a team would be looking for offense, but why would you want a guy who could only platoon at this point of his career and is making $14 million in 2012 and 2013?

Simply put, the Blue Jays could do better for less while the Twins could simply hold onto Morneau and give him one last try in 2013 to become what he was.