Yankees pass on claiming Morneau

NEW YORK -- Minnesota Twins first baseman Justin Morneau has cleared waivers, according to the Pioneer Press.

Justin Morneau

Justin Morneau

#33 1B
Minnesota Twins

2013 STATS

  • GM112
  • HR14

  • RBI67

  • R51

  • OBP.318

  • AVG.263

The New York Yankees were in prime position to put in a claim on the veteran, as they were No. 7 in the pecking order, but they passed on claiming the slugger. They can still work out a deal with Minnesota for Morneau, but their lack of a claim may indicate that they don't intend to make a deal.

Morneau, 32, is batting .263 with 14 homers and 67 RBIs. He has been on a power surge in August with six homers and 14 RBIs.

The Yankees could use another first baseman, as Lyle Overbay is the only one they have on the roster, but Morneau and Overbay are both left-handed. The Yankees have been searching all year for right-handed power, and adding Morneau would not help solve that problem. That being said, Morneau would still be an upgrade for a team that has struggled to hit homers all season long.

Morneau will be a free agent this offseason, and as of Friday, he would have been owed $3.44 million for the rest of the year, according to the Pioneer Press.

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