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Rockies acquire Jose Morales in minor swap with Twins

Dec 16, 2010, 7:14 PM EDT

Jose Morales

From the Twins’ official Twitter feed comes word that the club has traded catcher Jose Morales to the Rockies for young left-hander Paul Bargas.

Morales, 27, hit .194/.295/.250 with zero home runs, two doubles and seven RBI over 36 at-bats in 2010 for the Twins.  He will serve as a rarely-used backup in Colorado behind Chris Iannetta, who is finally getting a chance at real playing time.

Iannetta had 16 homers in 289 at-bats for the Rockies in 2009 and 18 homers with an 895 OPS back in 2008.  When given everyday looks, he has produced.  Now it’s time for him to produce over the course of an entire season.

Bargas was selected by Colorado in the 13th round of the 2009 MLB Amateur Draft.  He hasn’t climbed out of Single-A, but the 22-year-old posted a solid 3.59 ERA and 1.12 WHIP over 67.2 innings this past year in the South Atlantic League and may have a future as a big league setup man if he continues to flash good numbers down on the farm.

The Twins appear comfortable with Drew Butera serving as Joe Mauer’s primary backup in 2011.

  1. Jeremiah Graves - Dec 16, 2010 at 7:37 PM

    you mean we couldn’t snag Cargo or Tulo straight-up for Morales?!

    what a joke!

  2. sometogethernow - Dec 16, 2010 at 10:07 PM

    Those stats from 2010 probably aren’t a good representation of his ability. The lack of power is about right, but he should make contact and get on base a fair bit more than that. It’s a minor deal, but I’m sure a lot of Twins fans would rather have seen Morales stay around than Butera.

  3. ben3285 - Dec 17, 2010 at 1:46 AM

    Could this mean that a Pavano signing is imminent? Butera was his “personal” catcher last season, and without the ‘Stache there’s really no reason he should be occupying a major league roster.

  4. minnesconsin - Dec 17, 2010 at 9:44 AM

    twins love butera, he’s part of the mn good ol’ boys club, his dad Sal was a world series winner w/ the team. personally, i think he’s garbage. he has a decent arm but i hate the idea of sitting Mauer, the team’s best player, every 5th game, just because Pavano is like a glacier to the plate. Morales is definitley more valuable than Butera.

    • McPoyle's Eyebrow - Dec 17, 2010 at 11:55 AM

      Butera’s link to Pavano has little or no bearing on Carl re-signing. And I don’t think that this trade has anything to do with it either. The facts are these: Butera can play defense and that is more important to the Twins in their backup C than someone with little power and average defense at best, which is what Morales had to offer. Remember that Morales wasn’t originally a Catcher. I don’t think that the Twins saw the progress that they wanted from his defense so they kept the guy that they felt could spell Mauer better defensively every 3rd or 4th day when Baby Jesus needs a breather. The rest of the offense is good enough to win games, even with Butera in the lineup.

  5. mankatoyan - Dec 17, 2010 at 10:09 PM

    Us Twins fans have an incurable disease: we are such a frontrunning crowd the only thing we see objectively is the price we pay for a nosebleed ticket in Target Field. Morales has a lot of talent and from what I saw 4 months living in Rochester, he can hit the ball a mile away. That season he was voted the best all around catcher by the managers, coaches, and media at the end of the season. I guess it must have being sad to earn that honor knowing you had no future in Minnesota. Morales lacks no power. What he lacks is “lift”, hence, he hits it hard, but too straight to reach the fences. His defense (arm) has been tarnished by his injuries but with this gone for good he should at last get a real chance away from Mauerland. Do not get confused, I’m a JMauer fan, but in reality, I;m also a Jose Morales fan. He once stayed until late signing aiutographs in Rochester (including one for my niece) and when asked about his position behind Joe Mauer he had only great things to say about the guy. The NL will provide him plenty of opportunities to pinch hit and who knows if even the first string job eventually. Good luck in Colorado Jose.

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