Twins Trade Former MVP Morneau to Pittsburgh

By KBJR News 1

Twins Trade Former MVP Morneau to Pittsburgh

August 31, 2013 Updated Aug 31, 2013 at 9:05 PM CDT

Minneapolis, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Former American League MVP and Twins first baseman Justin Morneau was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday afternoon in exchange for outfielder Alex Presley and either a player to be named later or cash.

For Pittsburgh, it's their second major move in just five days after they sent a pair of minor leaguers to the Mets on Tuesday for outfielder Marlon Byrd and catcher John Buck.

Morneau, in the final year of his contract, spent 11 seasons with the Twins. The 32-year-old hit .259 with 17 home runs and 74 RBIs this season including nine home runs in August alone.

After wearing No. 33 with the Twins, Morneau will wear No. 36 with Pittsburgh.

Morneau won the AL MVP award in 2006 before a concussion that knocked him out of action for extended period in 2010.

The Pirates currently lead the National League Central by one game over St. Louis.

Presely is hitting .264 in 29 games with the Pirates this season.

Posted by Sarah Wheeler