PITTSBURGH (WTVA/AP) - The Minnesota Twins have traded Justin Morneau to the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for former Ole Miss Rebel Alex Presley. The deal sends the veteran Morneau to a playoff-contending team for the final month of the season.
The deal was done on Saturday before the deadline. The Twins obtained outfielder Alex Presley and either a player to be named or cash in the deal.
Presley had spent his entire career with the Pittsburgh Pirates organization. Presley appeared in 29 games for the Pirates in 2013, batting .264 with two home runs and four RBI.
The 28-year-old has spent much of the season playing for Triple-A Indianapolis. Presley is batting .298 in Triple-A with five home runs and 27 RBI in 89 games.
Morneau is in the final year of his contract, making $14 million. He has been with the Twins for 11 seasons, winning the American League MVP award in 2006 and becoming one of the best hitters in the game until a concussion knocked him out of action in 2010. His production hasn't been the same since.
Morneau batted .259 with 32 doubles, 17 home runs and 74 RBI for the Twins this year in 495 at-bats.