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Updated: August 25th, 2012 9:52am
Dodgers reportedly made another push for Justin Morneau last week

Dodgers reportedly made another push for Justin Morneau last week

by Phil Mackey
1500ESPN.com
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The Los Angeles Dodgers were one of multiple teams to show interest in Justin Morneau prior to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, but it appears as if the team's pursuit didn't stop there.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the Dodgers -- prior to their megadeal with the Boston Red Sox -- tried once again to land the Minnesota Twins first baseman as recently as last week.

Per the report, only after failing to land Morneau did the Dodgers turn their full attention to the Red Sox, ultimately agreeing on a deal to acquire Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford and Nick Punto.

League sources said last month the Dodgers were willing to eat large chunks of big contracts in order to acquire the fire-power they needed to make a run at the World Series. This newfound level of financial comfort stems from having a new ownership group and a new TV deal on the horizon that could reportedly be worth anywhere from $2 to $4 billion in total value.

Morneau, who will make $2.5 million the rest of this season and another $14 million next year, is experiencing a solid bounce-back season at age 31. He has already played in more games (101) than in any season since 2009, and his .269/.329/.459 batting line with 16 home runs is respectable considering how many injury issues he has battled through over the past couple years.

With 24-year-old Chris Parmelee hitting a robust .344/.462/.665 with 17 homers in 59 games at Triple-A Rochester, it's possible Morneau and his large contract become somewhat expendable this offseason, especially with the pitching-starved Twins entering the winter with approximately $75 million in salary tied up for 2013.

Phil Mackey is a columnist for 1500ESPN.com. He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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