PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates are all-in for the franchise’s pursuit of its first playoff appearance in 21 years.
Pittsburgh traded for longtime Minnesota Twins first baseman Justin Morneau on Saturday, hoping the four-time All-Star can give the Pirates’ middling offense a needed jolt heading into the final month of the season. The Twins obtained outfielder Alex Presley and either a player to be named or cash after Pittsburgh made its second major move in five days. Pittsburgh sent two minor-leaguers to the Mets on Tuesday for outfielder Marlon Byrd and catcher John Buck.
“We’ve got more depth, we’ve got more options than we had four days ago,” Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle said. “We’re a better team.”
Morneau, 32, hit .259 with 17 homers and 74 runs batted in this season for Minnesota.
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