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The Dodgers are out on Justin Morneau

Jul 30, 2012, 2:35 PM EDT

The Blue Jays and the Giants may still be interested in Justin Morneau, but count out the Dodgers, says Ken Rosenthal:


That is backed by the information from Rosenthal that the Twins want “a major-league ready” pitcher to Minnesota.

If the Jays have a major league ready starter he’s probably injured right now, yes?

  1. proudlycanadian - Jul 30, 2012 at 2:59 PM

    The only Jay’s starting pitcher who might fit the alleged requirement is Happ. The 2 former first round picks at double A are not ML ready. The Jays would need the Twins to take on part of Morneau’s salary. Just for fun, I propose Cooper and Happ for Morneau, Perkins and cash.

    • spudatx - Jul 30, 2012 at 3:18 PM

      Given Happ’s 2011-2 performance, I don’t think the Twins are going to see much potential value in him. Morneau is a fan favorite with one more year on his deal at $14M. If they are going to send any real money with him in a deal, they’re going to look for a situation like Happ’s where there are still arbitration years ahead, but are going to be cautious about someone who appears in decline as he’s approaching 30.

      Perkins was an off-season signing that made most Twins fans groan at first sight, but he was insurance against Matt Capps. The Capps deal set a number of things into motion when they made a risky move and sent Wilson Ramos away in the deal. Perkins will continue to be their stopgap until they can find another closer. (Assuming the Twins buy out Capps after this season, they’ll be shopping hard in the off-season.)

      I like your idea on the trade overall. Perhaps they’d be more likely to take a stab at a deal for Brett Cecil or take a risk on Kyle Drabek, though I think either would have to come with some cash and a quality prospect in addition to Morneau.

      • pmcenroe - Jul 30, 2012 at 3:25 PM

        no way they trade for Drabek (unless he’s a throw in but Jay wont do that) after just having TJ. Capps will be bought out no way the pay him 6 mil after saying his results last year were due to arm troubles and now landing on the DL for a chunk of this year.

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 30, 2012 at 3:28 PM

        Cecil would work. He would be a better fit in a large stadium than in Toronto. Morrow is on a rehab assignment, so Toronto could trade a starting pitcher. My other pretend trade rumor has Toronto getting either Doc or Lee. Sending Happ, Thames and Cooper to the Phillies would work just fine for me.

      • kopy - Jul 30, 2012 at 3:36 PM

        Perkins is just as much of a fan favorite as Morneau. Morneau has the tenure, but Perkins has been performing better and is from the Twin Cities area and went to the University of Minnesota. Speaking strictly in terms of intangiables, the Twins would like to retain him just as much as the Blue Jays would like to acquire a Canadian.

        Morneau’s salary creates a lot of flexibility for the trade. The more of his owed salary the Blue Jays are willing to take on, the less they would need to give up in talent. As much as I hate to say it, the Twins are usually willing to pinch a penny or two.

      • unfortunateminnesotasportsfan - Jul 30, 2012 at 3:41 PM

        Perkins was drafted by minnesota many years ago, out of the university of Minnesota.. was a first round pick, they resigned him in the off season, after he got out of gardys doghouse. Lol.

  2. pmcenroe - Jul 30, 2012 at 3:07 PM

    Sadly the Twins would take Happ but no way they give up Perkins let alone him and cash

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