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Justin Morneau on 'Rockies' radar' in free agency

Free agent Justin Morneau is "on the Rockies' radar" as the team looks for a new first baseman following Todd Helton's retirement, reports Troy Renck of the Denver Post.

Colorado made an offer on Cuban slugger Jose Dariel Abreu before he signed with the Chicago White Sox. How much they were offering remains unclear, however. Regardless, the team's interest shows that they see first base as a key priority in the offseason.

Morneau, 32, would be a cheaper replacement if not one quite so long-term. The former AL MVP is coming off a big contract originally signed with the Twins, but his production has gone down significantly in recent years. Over the last three seasons, he has a .256/.319/.406 batting line with 40 home runs in 355 games.

The Twins traded Morneau to the Pirates late in 2013. In Pittsburgh, he saw his OBP rise to .370 but his power was virtually non-existent. He could be open to a one or two-year deal in hopes of re-establishing himself and perhaps getting one last good contract.

If the team is unable to find a full-time first baseman over the offseason, they are open to the possibility of Michael Cuddyer taking the majority of reps at the position in 2014. Jordan Pacheco spelled Helton at first base most often when he needed a day off this season.

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