Report: Justin Morneau agrees to 2-year, $13 million deal with Rockies
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Justin Morneau will be joining a former Minnesota Twins teammate in the National League next season.
The first baseman agreed to a two-year contract worth approximately $13 million on Tuesday with the Colorado Rockies, according to CBSSports.com. Morneau must pass a physical before the deal becomes official.
Morneau, 32, is expected to take over for longtime Rockies first baseman Todd Helton, who retired after the season. The move to Colorado reunites Morneau with Michael Cuddyer, who was Morneau's teammate in Minnesota and is now the Rockies' right fielder.
Morneau hit .259 with 17 home runs and 77 RBI in 152 games last season with the Twins and Pittsburgh Pirates. The Twins dealt Morneau to the Pirates on Aug. 31. Morneau hit .292 in the postseason for Pittsburgh but had no home runs and did not drive in a run in six games.
The Pirates beat Cincinnati in the wild-card play-in game, but were eliminated by St. Louis in five games in a National League Division Series.
Morneau won the 2006 American League MVP with the Twins but battled injury issues beginning in July 2010 when he suffered a concussion in Toronto.
Some had thought the Twins might try to bring back Morneau as a free agent this offseason, but any chance of that happening came to an end in November when it was announced Joe Mauer would move from catcher to first base. Mauer suffered a concussion last August and it was decided he would be better off moving from behind the plate.