Pittsburgh, PA, United States (4E Sports) – In another move to boost their postseason push, the Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired first baseman Justin Morneau from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for outfielder Alex Presley and a player to be named or cash.
The 32-year-old Morneau, who won the 2006 American League MVP trophy, played 11 seasons for the Twins. He was hitting .259/.315./426 with 17 home runs and 74 RBIs in 127 games for Minnesota this season.
The Pirates need a big boost from their first basemen, who have posted a .260/.336/.432 batting line with 16 homers and 66 RBIs this season entering Saturday.
In addition to picking up the lefty-hitting Morneau, Pittsburgh acquired outfielder Marlon Byrd and catcher John Buck from the Mets on Tuesday.
Presley, a 28-year-old outfielder, has hit .264/.274/.389 in 29 games with the Pirates while spending most of the season at Triple-A.
Entering Saturday, the Pirates (78-56) are tied with the St. Louis Cardinals for the lead in the National League Central.