Jun 30, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Colorado Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau (33) singles during the sixth inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Washington Nationals defeated Colorado Rockies 7-3. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Colorado Rockies Turn Down Justin Morneau Trade To Milwaukee Brewers

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According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Colorado Rockies reportedly turned down an offer from the Milwaukee Brewers which centered around first baseman Justin Morneau.

Milwaukee is currently in first-place in the NL Central and won the claim on Morneau who currently leads the National League in batting average but Colorado of course didn’t like the return value they were getting.

Morneau, 33, signed a 2-year deal with the Colorado Rockies in the offseason and has been arguably their best bet in the lineup with Troy Tulowitzki out. Morneau is currently slashing at a line of .317/.360/.500 with 28 doubles, 3 triples, 14 home runs, 69 RBI’s and has struck out just 48 times in 416 at-bats.

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His value is high considering his NL-best .317 average, with 14 home runs, 69 RBI and an .857 OPS. Adding to that value is a very reasonable contract that will pay him $6.75 million in 2015 and includes a $750,000 buyout on a $9-million mutual option for ’16. With his $5-million salary this year, Morneau is guaranteed about $8.5 million through 2015, quite a bargain for a possible batting champion.

Morneau enters Thursday afternoon’s action on a three-game hitting streak where he is hitting 16-for-46, (.348) against the San Francisco Giants this season.

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