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Updated: December 16th, 2010 6:06pm
Twins trade catcher Morales to Rockies for LHP Paul Bargas

Twins trade catcher Morales to Rockies for LHP Paul Bargas

by Phil Mackey
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The Minnesota Twins announced Thursday that they have traded catcher Jose Morales to the Colorado Rockies for left-handed reliever Paul Bargas.

Bargas, 22, posted a 3.59 ERA with 64 strikeouts and 19 walks in 67 2/3 innings for Single-A Asheville last season.

Morales, 27, fell behind Drew Butera on the backup catcher depth chart last season. He hit .194/.295/.250 in 44 plate appearances with the Twins, and .264/.350/.380 in 295 plate appearances at Triple-A Rochester.

Overall, despite the down season -- which was caused, in part, because of early-season wrist troubles -- Morales is a much better hitter than Butera. But the Twins trust Butera's defense and ability to throw out runners much more than Morales'.

Phil Mackey is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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In this story: Drew Butera, Jose Morales