The $14M salary keeps coming up. It doesn't rank even close to the top 25 in baseball. Almost every team has someone like this; for many teams it's no dealbreaker at all to add someone. Sure, you think twice about taking on the salary, but if he's the right guy for your needs, half the teams in baseball will make room for him. It's not like Vernon Wells's contract.
Honestly, sometimes I feel like these are the Thief River Falls Twins. "We paid our $14 million. Where's our damn pennant?"
Precisely. There ARE teams out there who put winning ahead of profit. IMO, were Morneau to stay healthy and productive into July, the fact he'd be on your team in 2013 at a reasonable price would make him MORE attractive, not less. We're talking about someone two years removed from being one of the better middle of the order bats in the game, and you would give up more to have him for a year and a half instead of just a half year.
Side note: I often see some version of "the more the Twins pretend they're not trading Player X, the more they'll get for him.". Unless you think all GMs are morons, this is preposterous. Teams will offer what they think they can afford, regardless.
None of which, BTW, makes me think the Twins will deal Morneau. They have the money, and if he proves healthy, can entertain signing him to an extension. Plus I don't think anyone associated with the Twins is ready to admit to themselves or the fans that the situation is so bad you trade a Morneau.