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Report: Pirates acquire first baseman Justin Morneau in trade with Twins

(Leon Halip/Getty Images) Justin Morneau has posted 221 home runs and 860 RBI over 11 years with the Twins. (Leon Halip/Getty Images)

The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired first baseman Justin Morneau from the Minnesota Twins in a waiver trade for 28-year-old outfielder Alex Presley, according to multiple reports.

The 32-year-old Morneau is hitting .259 this season with 17 home runs -- including 10 since the All-Star break -- and 74 RBI. Pittsburgh had been linked to Morneau since before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, looking to boost an offense that ranks 10th in the National League in runs per game.

The Pirates can plug Morneau, a four-time All-Star and 2006 AL MVP who has battled concussion symptoms and other injuries, in at first base and move Garrett Jones to a corner outfield spot opposite recently acquired right-handed hitter Marlon Byrd.

Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal first reported the news.

https://twitter.com/Ken_Rosenthal/status/373873556461219840

The Pirates will also send a player to be named later or cash to Minnesota, according to CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman.

https://twitter.com/JonHeymanCBS/status/373878211119030272

Presley, a seldom-used outfielder who the Pirates drafted in the eighth round in 2006, is hitting .264 with two home runs in 29 games this season and .261 with a .718 OPS for his career.

Looking to make the playoffs for the first time since 1992, Pittsburgh moved into a tie for first place in the NL Central with a victory over the Cardinals on Friday.
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