Justin Morneau RUMORS & NEWS

  • Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau believes better days lie ahead

    Denver Post "Justin Morneau's best season came nearly a decade ago. He appeared on the verge of becoming one of those sad, what-might-have-been stories. Headed to the best season of his career, in 2010, he suffered a concussion that nearly ended his playing days. But the Rockies first baseman is far from..." March 26

  • Marlins Interested In Morse, Morneau

    MLB Trade Rumors "As the Marlins continue to look for upgrades at first base, the team is considering free agent Michael Morse and trade target Justin Morneau of the Rockies, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports on Twitter. Miami is looking for a left-handed bat, but Pedro Alvarez of the Pirates does not seem like a..." December 11

  • Rockies' Justin Morneau battling to win his first batting title

    Denver Post "Down the stretch they come in a tight batting race that could very well be decided on the final day of the season. Entering baseball's final weekend, Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau trails Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Josh Harrison in the race for the National League batting title...." September 26

  • Morneau staying in Colorado after Rockies turn down Brewers' offer

    CBSSports.com "The first-place Milwaukee Brewers won the claim on Justin Morneau, the current NL batting average leader, but were unable to acquire him. The Brewers made an offer of unknown players to the Rockies for Morneau after getting the claim, but Colorado apparently didn't believe it was good value for..." August 28

  • Rockies place Justin Morneau on disabled list with neck injury

    CBSSports.com "The Colorado Rockies have placed first baseman Justin Morneau on the 15-day disabled list with neck stiffness. In Morneau's place, Ben Paulsen will be making his major-league debut, playing first and batting sixth Monday night. Paulsen was hitting .291/.380/.524 with 24 doubles, 15 homers and..." July 22

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    Rockies PR @RockiesPR

    #Rockies Justin Morneau scratched from lineup tonight with a stiff neck. New lineup. pic.twitter.com/YgmnMNi0Zk

  • Rockies sign Justin Morneau; trade Dexter Fowler to Houston

    Denver Post "In a series of corresponding moves, the Rockies have begun shaping their everyday lineup for next season. On Tuesday, they traded center fielder Dexter Fowler to the Houston Astros to clear payroll to sign free-agent first baseman Justin Morneau. The Rockies ironed out the final details Tuesday..." December 04

  • Report: Rockies are 'closing in on' two-year deal with Justin Morneau

    CBSSports.com "The Rockies and first baseman Justin Morneau are "closing in on" a two-year contract, reports Troy Renck of the Denver Post. There are some details to finalize but talks are in the final stages. Morneau, 32, would replace Todd Helton, who retired after the season. The Rockies traded center..." December 03

  • Morneau doesn't rule out his return to Twins — eventually

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Justin Morneau sounded pretty certain Saturday that he will return to the Twins. Just not necessarily next year. For that matter, not necessarily as a player. “I can’t say [it’s] unlikely” that he’ll wear a Twins uniform again someday, Morneau said during his first public appearance here..." December 02

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    Troy Renck @TroyRenck

    I expect #Rockies' pursuit of Justin Morneau to heat up this week He's the target. Ideally they get resolution before winter meetings

  • Rockies’ wish list: The Case for Justin Morneau

    Denver Post "Justin Morneau won American League MVP honors in 2006. He finished second in 2008. He’s not that guy. Justin Morneau won the Home Run Derby in 2008 at Yankee Stadium, something everyone forgets because of Josh Hamilton’s breathtaking performance in the preliminary rounds. He’s not that..." November 29

  • Rockies have 'heavy interest' in Morneau

    Denver Post "A year after luring manager Walt Weiss away from Regis High School, the Rockies are considering an out-of-the-batter’s-box hire for the hitting instructor’s job. Former minor league infielder Blake Doyle has emerged as a strong candidate for the position after interviewing with the Rockies,..." November 26

  • Pirates not likely to offer Morneau during exclusive rights period

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Justin Morneau told the Tribune-Review on Thursday the Pirates are unlikely to extend an offer to the free agent first baseman during the exclusive negotiating period, which ends Monday when free agents can begin signing with other teams. Teams could begin negotiating with their own free..." October 31

  • Justin Morneau on 'Rockies' radar' in free agency

    SB Nation "Free agent Justin Morneau is "on the Rockies' radar" as the team looks for a new first baseman following Todd Helton's retirement reports Troy Renck of the Denver Post. Colorado made an offer on Cuban slugger Jose Dariel Abreu before he signed with the Chicago White Sox. How much they were..." October 20

  • Pirates acquire 1B Justin Morneau from Minnesota

    ESPN.com "The Pittsburgh Pirates who are in a heated NL Central battle with the St. Louis Cardinals have acquired first baseman Justin Morneau in a trade with the Minnesota Twins on Saturday. The Pirates gave up outfielder Alex Presley and a player to be named or cash considerations in the deal. The..." August 31

  • Pirates looking at Morneau after landing Marlon Byrd

    CBSSports.com "The Pirates upgraded their offense with their trade for outfielder Marlon Byrd on Tuesday and they have their eye on Twins star first baseman Justin Morneau now. Morneau the former AL MVP would appear to be their next target following the trade with the Mets that netted them Byrd and catcher..." August 28

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Sources: #Orioles continue to look for DH type make multiple waiver claims. Interest in #Twins’ Morneau is lukewarm.

  • Morneau waits as clock ticks

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Justin Morneau you are on the clock. The Twins first baseman has been placed on revocable waivers according to a league source which means Morneau could be traded as soon as Wednesday if a team claims him. So less than two weeks after the July 31 nonwaiver trade deadline Morneau was swamped..." August 14

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    Mike Berardino @MikeBerardino

    Major league official tells me Justin Morneau has cleared waivers. #mntwins now free to discuss trade with 29 other http://t.co/gPrsXOZwDM

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    Peter Gammons @pgammo

    Now that Justin Morneau is on waivers it will be interested to see who claims him and if he'll get moved

  • Orioles, Pirates, others are in on Twins' Morneau

    CBSSports.com "The Orioles Pirates and one or two mystery teams are said to make up the market for Twins first baseman Justin Morneau. With Morneau a longtime Twins star and the 2006 AL MVP a free agent after this season Minnesota is fielding offers. The Rangers are looking for hitting but seem to prefer a..." July 31

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    JIM BOWDEN @JimBowdenESPNxm

    Orioles remain engaged with both Bud Norris and Justin Mourneau

  • O's have top scout watching Twins-Mariners; Morneau, others on radar

    Baltimore Sun "After adding starting pitcher Scott Feldman and reliever Francisco Rodriguez this month the Orioles have filled two needs before July 31’s non-waiver trade deadline but that doesn’t mean they aren’t still looking. One of the Orioles top scouts has been in Seattle this week watching the Mariners..." July 27

  • Twins update: Perkins expects to stay, Morneau market looks soft

    CBSSports.com "Twins longtime slugger Justin Morneau is available in trade and likely to be dealt somewhere, but a canvassing of a few possible landing sports suggests a soft market so far. The Twins are sellers at this point -- "If someone calls, we'll listen'' says general manager Terry Ryan -- but..." July 18

  • Twins decline to talk extension with Morneau. Is trade next?

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Justin Morneau and his representatives approached the Twins again in the past week, hoping to discuss a contract extension for the veteran first baseman in advance of the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. They were rebuffed, just as they were in the spring. "We asked," Morneau told the..." July 14

  • Morneau's teammates disappear as HR drought ends in win

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Justin Morneau felt solid contact, watched the ball reach the Target Field stands and heard fans stand up and cheer for his first home run in nearly two months when his two-run shot in the sixth inning Wednesday provided a needed cushion in the Twins’ 7-4 victory over the White Sox. Surely, his..." June 20

  • Twins' Justin Morneau out again Sunday; Mauer at first

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "With Justin Morneau out of the lineup for the second straight day battling sickness, Joe Mauer is set to play first base Sunday afternoon at Target Field in the rubber match of the Twins' three-game series against the Seattle Mariners. Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said Morneau left him a text..." June 02

  • Justin Morneau gives sore back a rest

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Twins first baseman Justin Morneau ended spring training two days early to give his back a rest. He sat out the Twins' exhibition game Friday, March 29, with a sore back and is not scheduled to play in Saturday's Grapefruit League finale. "He's day to day," general manager Terry Ryan said...." March 29

  • Justin Morneau Unleashes On Russell Martin Regarding WBC Dropout

    Twinkie Town "I've often felt that the highest honor in any sporting arena is to represent your country. It's why Six Nations Rugby is one of the most entertaining and visceral sporting experiences you can imagine; it's why people cry when they're standing on the podium at the Olympics; it's the feeling that..." February 28

  • Morneau baffled by Martin's Classic withdrawal

    MLB.com "Russell Martin's last-minute decision to withdraw from the upcoming World Baseball Classic has left Team Canada with a major void in the heart of its lineup. Martin announced on Sunday that he was no longer willing to take part in the tournament. The news came as a major surprise to Baseball..." February 26

  • Morneau hits his stride early in Florida

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Justin Morneau doubled home three runs on Monday, and it wouldn't have happened if he wasn't Canadian. With the bases loaded in the fourth inning, Morneau pounded a Jeanmar Gomez fastball into the left-center field gap, driving home Jamey Carroll, Joe Mauer and Josh Willingham. That, and a..." February 26

  • Twins, Justin Morneau haven't discussed contract extension

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Impending free agent Justin Morneau said the Twins have not approached him about a contract extension and that he would prefer not to negotiate during the season, creating an audition for the club to retain or shop his services before the July 31 trade deadline. "I think it can be a kind of..." February 16

  • Morneau's forecast with the Twins: Cloudy

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Justin Morneau made the rounds of the clubhouse as his teammates filed in from their morning workout on Friday, shaking hands with those he knew and introducing himself to a handful that he didn't. He was saying hello. The next time he shakes their hands, it could be goodbye. Morneau, who..." February 16

  • Minnesota Twins' Justin Morneau eyes healthy, productive 2013

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "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..." January 26

  • Twins' Joe Mauer won't cut Justin Morneau any slack at World Baseball Classic

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "The United States is scheduled to play Canada in the World Baseball Classic in Phoenix on March 10. That could mean Twins teammates Joe Mauer (catcher) and Glen Perkins (pitcher) of the USA team could face Twins teammate, first baseman Justin Morneau of Canada. "(Morneau's) been talking a lot..." January 24

  • Twins "Gauging Interest" on Morneau, Offers Out to Liriano, Saunders

    Twinkie Town "Over at the Strib, LEN III has just posted a brief update stating that the Twins have offers out to several players. These players include Joe Saunders and Francisco Liriano. The whole article is four sentences long, but essentially Minnesota is now waiting to hear back from multiple players and..." December 05

  • Morneau will sit in final series

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Twins intend to shut down Justin Morneau for the final series of the season. Manager Ron Gardenhire said Morneau is worn down physically and mentally after a long season. The Twins believe he has done enough to distance himself from two seasons of concussion symptoms and various surgeries..." October 02

  • Morneau not satisfied -- and not sure of future here

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "When Justin Morneau signed his six-year, $80 million contract in January 2008, the end of that deal seemed so far away. He was 26 and a season removed from winning the American League MVP, and the Twins were perennial contenders. Now he is 31, approaching the end of that deal next fall, and the..." September 30

  • Morneau endures gentle pounding after walkoff HR

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "With each passing day, Justin Morneau grows more confident his concussion issues are behind him, but Sunday brought another test -- surviving the celebration that comes after hitting a game-ending home run. Morneau's second homer of the day and 19th of the season was a laser beam off Vinnie..." September 10

  • Cleveland Indians fall, 8-7, on Justin Morneau's 2-out homer in the ninth

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Sunday's game between the Indians and Twins took 3 hours and 26 minutes. The last five pitches took a heartbeat, maybe three. Vinnie Pestano threw the five pitches with the score tied 7-7 in the ninth inning. The first four produced two fast outs. Justin Morneau sent the fifth one curving..." September 10

  • Justin Morneau hits 200-homer mark in blowout win over Indians

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Justin Morneau was paying more attention to his home run totals in 2010, when he was crushing American League pitching and making a run at a second Most Valuable Player Award, batting .345 with 18 homers, 56 RBIs and a major league-best .437 on-base percentage. Since then, the Twins first..." August 07

  • Dodgers may shift trade focus to Justin Morneau or James Shields

    Los Angeles Times "With the Dodgers appearing reluctant to meet the Chicago Cubs' asking price for potential two-month rental pitcher Ryan Dempster, they could soon turn their focus to players they could retain beyond this season. Two players on the Dodgers' radar are first baseman Justin Morneau of the Minnesota..." July 22

  • Morneau set for special delivery

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Justin Morneau was the designated hitter on Friday, in case he needed to make a fast getaway. His wife, Krista, is due with their second child. How soon? "Like ... now," manager Ron Gardenhire said. Morneau made it through Friday's game, going 0-for-5 in the 2-1, 11-inning victory over..." July 21

  • Even Justin Morneau available as Twins prep for purge

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "One year ago, the Twins were five games under .500 and five games out in the American League Central. Technically in a pennant race yet consistently inadequate since Opening Day, they could persuade general manager Bill Smith to neither buy nor sell. That won't be an issue this season. After..." July 20

  • Justin Morneau won't be a statue in the box

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Justin Morneau's experiment in stasis is over. The Twins first baseman didn't like standing still at the plate, which he started doing about 10 days ago in an effort to see the ball better. Asked if he got anything out of it, Morneau smiled. "It made me realize that I didn't like it and..." July 08

  • Morneau rests; Mauer returns

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "With Joe Mauer ready to start a game for the first time in six days, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire gave Justin Morneau a break Saturday, putting Mauer at first base and leaving Morneau on the bench. "He's ready to catch," Gardenhire said of Mauer, who was out with a bruised right quad muscle...." June 24

  • Justin Morneau is making healthier decisions at the plate

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The visiting clubhouse at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., is a sugar lover's paradise, with big glass jars filled with every type of candy imaginable, from Twizzlers to Twix to M&M's. Justin Morneau -- who cut gluten, dairy and sugar from his diet last winter after going through food..." June 19

  • Morneau's sore arm keeps him on bench

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Twins first baseman Justin Morneau was held out of Friday's game because of a sore left forearm. "It's not a big deal, sounded like," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "It was bothering him during the game [Thursday]." Gardenhire said the forearm was sore from swinging. Morneau arrived at..." June 16

  • Detractors have no reason to pick on Mauer, Morneau

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Twins will have played 62 games when Philadelphia leaves town after Thursday's game. Barring a mishap, Joe Mauer will have started 56 of those games and have 250 plate appearances. Justin Morneau will have started 46 games and be close to 200 plate appearances. These are hopeful trends in..." June 14

  • Health concerns for Morneau subside

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Justin Morneau's recent contributions are a big reason the Twins have won four consecutive series, but at one time the 2006 American League MVP wondered if his concussion and other health problems might put an end to his career. "[It can happen] in the middle of winter when you're not playing..." June 11

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