We are having this discussion in the Melky thread but I thought I'll move it here so it can get more exposure
If you've read by comments in the trade Idea Thread over the last year, you know that I'm a huge advocate of trading for Justin Morneau to DH and hit between Jose and EE.
Again, I can't stress enough how much a perfect fit Morneau is for his team and this has nothing to do with him being Canadian
First of all, keep in mind that we are taking about a former MVP and a guy that was one of the best hitters in baseball before his unfortunate injury 3 season ago. His first year back he clearly wasn't right but I feel like following his 139 games last year, he is on track for a major come back this season.
He showed flashes last year hitting for a .290/.371/.902 split vs. righties which I would take any day of the week. His numbers were obviously horrible vs. lefties but that wasn't a major problem for him before the injury and its hard to imagine a stud like Morneau suddenly forgetting how to hit lefties.
I think an even more promising indicator is his home/road splits. He has a .283/.338/.482 slash on the road which is decent, not great but its a hell of a lot better than his .252/.329/.399 line at home. It is no secret that Target field is a hitter's hell and he isn't the only Twins player to struggle there.
Then you add the following
- He is a left handed power bat that you can slot perfectly between Jose and EE following by Lawrie
- He is on the last year of his contract meaning the risk involved in minimal. If anything, a great season can set up an extension and give us a 1B for the future
- It means no more Lind as I'm assuming he goes to the Twins as a part of the deal
- Finally and least important.. and I can't stress how not important this is. He is CANADIAN
All I know is if I'm AA, i'll be on the phone with Minnesota this moment trying to put the final touches and what should be a deadly lineup
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