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MLB Trade Rumors: Dodgers Pursued Twins Justin Morneau Last Week

Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times wrote Saturday the Dodgers were involved with talks about a waiver move for Twins first baseman Justin Morneau as recently as last week.

Talks reportedly broke down between the Dodgers and the Twins for Morneau before the trade deadline. A second attempt at finding ground for a deal was made last week, but also came up with no success. So the Dodgers followed up with Boston about first baseman Adrian Gonzalez. The Dodgers and Red Sox have reportedly completed a nine-player deal that includes Boston sending Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett and Nick Punto to L.A.

Morneau has struggled since suffering a concussion in July 2010. Although he has played the majority of this season, he is struggling against left-handed pitchers, batting .216/.255/.297.

He's .301/.372/.557 against right-handers, with 14 of his 16 home runs coming against them.

The Twins have nearly clinched their second consecutive losing season and were not active players at the trade deadline. Morneau has one year left on a six-year, $80 million deal he signed in 2008.

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