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Twins want to decide Morneau's position soon

Posted on: November 30, 2011 10:55 pm
Justin Morneau

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said Wednesday said the team is considering moving Justin Morneau from first base to designated hitter -- something that would also allow Joe Mauer to play more at first base in an attempt to keep him fresh.

Morenau, who missed the second half of the 2010 season after suffering a concussion, played in just 69 games in 2011, while still battling the after effects of his concussion. He didn't play after diving for a ball on Aug. 28 and felt similar symptoms as his more serious concussions, despite landing on his shoulder, not his head. That had to scare the Twins, who have Morneau under contract through 2013 with $28 million due to the 30-year-old.

Speaking with ESPN 1500-AM in Minnesota on Wednesday, Gardenhire said the team would likely make a decision on Monreau's position soon.

"One of the things Terry [Ryan] and I talked about is making sure before we get too deep in this thing [is] what we're going to do with Morny," Gardenhire said (via the Star Tribune). "Where he is going to play, if it is DH, if it is first base. Morny has to eventually tell us what's right for him or I'll make the decision for him and we will go from there. If he can't decide and we talk to the doctors and they give me information where I think the best thing for him to do is to DH and protect him as much as possible, then that is what we will do.

"First thing, you talk to Morny and let him do the doctor things and go from there."

Gardenhire said he's been talking to Morneau via text message. He also said the team is making "a mad effort" to re-sign outfielder Michael Cuddyer and hoped to retain Matt Capps as the team's closer.

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Since: Dec 1, 2011
Posted on: December 1, 2011 12:39 pm
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Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: December 1, 2011 11:28 am

Twins want to decide Morneau's position soon

Cuddyer is good but Kubel is a better hitter.Both out-produced Mauer & Morneau.Both Kubel & Cuddyer are free agents who wont be wearing a Twin uniform next season..That leave's them with a 23 million $ catcher,who can't catch & a 15 Million $ DH who can't see.You could make up a pretty good team of players who once played in Minn.This team is a mess.

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: December 1, 2011 10:49 am

Twins want to decide Morneau's position soon

They should put Morneau in bubble wrap next year.  Time to get tough you don`t play in the silly homer dome anymore. This team needs a leader on the field and it sure hasn`t been the M&M boys.

Since: Jul 25, 2010
Posted on: December 1, 2011 7:31 am

Twins want to decide Morneau's position soon

You are crazy, Cuddyer is the best player on the team. He is the backbone of the team.

Since: May 29, 2009
Posted on: December 1, 2011 5:51 am

Twins want to decide Morneau's position soon

The Twins are handcuffed with the two big contracts for Morneau and Mauer.  At least with Morneau -- he is only under contract for 2 more years and they can be done with him.  I hope for the Minnesota faithful that Mauer gets his swing back -- they have him signed to the huge deal for another 6 years or something ridiculous.  20 million a year for a singles hitter will hurt any team, but in a mid-market team like the Twins, it really hurts their chances to put a quality team on the field.

Best of luck to the Twins next year. 

Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: November 30, 2011 11:51 pm

Twins want to decide Morneau's position soon

Morneau as DH makes sense.  Let Joe the singles hitter play 1st and then let Cuddy move on.  Listen, Cuddy is past his prime...quit trying to keep him.  He makes way too much for his production.  You are stuck with Morneau and mauer so do what you have to do to get something out of them.  And whatever you do...DO NOT re-sign Capps!!

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