Twins rumors: Justin Morneau open to extension

While Minnesota Twins 1B/DH Justin Morneau is open to signing a contract extension, he also understands that he could be entering his final year with the team that drafted him, according to Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports.

Morneau is entering the final year of his current contract, which will pay him $14 million. The 31-year-old told Morosi that he has interest in remaining with the Twins beyond 2013, and he’s potentially willing to discuss a contract extension during the regular season.

However, Morneau is also aware that he could become a valuable trade chip this summer. If he’s able to return to something resembling his previous form and the Twins’ struggles continue, he will be one of the most coveted hitters available at the deadline. Rather than extend him, Minnesota could elect to trade the slugger in order to help expedite their rebuilding process.

Morneau has been hampered by injuries, specifically concussions, which limited him to 150 games from 2010-11. But he was able to appear in 134 games last season and register more than 500 plate appearances for the first time since 2009. Last year he hit .267/.333/.440 with 26 doubles and 19 home runs for Minnesota.

Over 10 years in the majors, Morneau owns a career batting line of .280/.351/.492.

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