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Bowden: Tampa Bay is “Possible Destination” for Morneau

Earlier today, in an Insider piece at ESPN.com, former big-league GM and current MLB Network Radio analyst Jim Bowden reported the Twins are prepared to trade first baseman Justin Morneau. Morneau, who  is in the final year of a six-year deal that has paid him $80 million over the life of the deal, is due approximately $6 million for the rest of this season, making him an expensive rental.

The left-handed hitting first baseman slash designated hitter is just three years removed from his MVP-winning 2010 season. Yet Morneau current .737 OPS (derived from a .273/.331/.406 line) is the lowest of his career beyond his brief rookie cameo in 2003 and a concussion-marred 2011. Statistically, such production pales in comparison to the Rays’ incumbent first baseman and DH duo of James Loney and Luke Scott, meaning this wouldn’t be a clear upgrade based on what’s happened to date.

This is the second time in the past week the Rays have been linked to a defensively limited hitter, as it appears the club is doing their due diligence heading toward the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.



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