Twins Rumors: Minnesota Could Trade Justin Morneau

While the Minnesota Twins aren’t expected to trade first baseman/designated hitter Justin Morneau this offseason, they could look to deal him over the summer if he’s able to return to form and the team falls out of contention, according to Rhett Bollinger of

But the club could look to deal Morneau before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, especially if he returns to form and the Twins are out of contention.

The Twins are expecting big things out of Morneau in 2013, and considering they already traded away starting outfielders Denard Span and Ben Revere they are unlikely to also ship out the veteran slugger this winter.

But, since the team is clearly rebuilding and Morneau is entering the final year of his contract, Minnesota could dangle him over the summer if he’s producing enough to receive interest and the team is out of the playoff chase.

Morneau has only hit .254/.317/.403 over the past two seasons, but he posted a line of .286/.358/.511 in the eight seasons prior. If he’s able to flash some of the old, MVP vote-garnering Morneau, the Twins figure to receive a call or two on him during the season.

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