Justin Morneau recently glanced at a photograph of the 2006 Twins hanging on the wall of his house and realized he and Joe Mauer were the only players pictured still on the club.

When the slugging first baseman signed his $80 million contract in 2008, the six-year extension made 2013 seem like a faraway time and place -- a time the new M&M boys would be comparing World Series rings instead of triage reports, leaders perhaps of a Twins dynasty instead of two mighty ships passing at sea.

Though Morneau would like to narrow his focus on returning healthy and being productive for a full season for the first time since 2009, the elephant in the room is the expiration of that aforementioned deal, which will have the former American League most valuable player dodging trade speculation until the July 31 deadline.