True, Morneau was traded, but that's semantics. He was not going to be retained at the end of the year, as Joe was moving to 1st.
I'm really not sentimental at all about the return of players who left as free agents. That was a business decision on their part, and my decision on them returning would be the same. As the Twins are well on their way to rebuilding this this team internally, with youth, I really don't see the point to Morneau's return.
I concur 100percent on the "blocking" thing.
But for the record, Morneau didn't leave as a free agent.
This move makes no sense for a couple reasons:
1. He's not the "veteran presence" that Torii brought. He's Clark Kent; mild mannered, then turns into a great hitter.
2. He can't stay healthy, so you can't count on him.
3. He would be a great PH off the bench (redundant?), but baseball no longer has PH. The days of Chip Hale are gone. If they're good enough to PH, they play everyday.