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Morneau on the block?

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Speculation is building that the Twins may be contemplating trading longtime fan favorite Justin Morneau.

The Star Tribune reports the team is quietly checking with other teams to see what they would offer for the first baseman.

The article suggests that the Texas Rangers would be the logical team to express interest in Morneau. The exit of outfielder Josh Hamilton from the Rangers to the Angels could make the addition of Morneau more appealing to the Texas club. The Angels signed Hamilton in a multi-year deal valued at $125 million.

The newspaper points out that, despite his lingering health issues following a concussion, Morneau is the kind of hitter who would be productive in Arlington Stadium.

Morneau has one year remaining on his contract with the Twins.

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