The Milwaukee Brewers claimed first baseman Justin Morneau off waivers from the Colorado Rockies, according to a report, but the clubs were unable to come to terms on a trade and the Rockies revoked him from waivers.
MLB Network reported Thursday that the Brewers and Rockies discussed a trade for the 33-year-old first baseman, who is in the first year of a two-year contract he signed with Colorado in December.
Morneau is currently leading the National League with a .317 batting average, with a slash line of .317/.360/.500 in 112 games. He has 48 runs, 28 doubles, 14 homers and 69 RBI.
It’s a return to form for the former American League MVP, who struggled to get his stroke back at the plate after being affected by concussion-like symptoms for several seasons.
When he sustained a concussion in 2010 while with the Minnesota Twins, he was hitting .345/.437/.618 in 81 games.
But from 2011-13, Morneau hit just .256/.319/.406 in 355 games with the Twins and Pittsburgh Pirates, who traded for Morneau for their stretch drive last August.
Morneau, a four-time All-Star in Minnesota who was the AL’s MVP in 2006, is the fourth-most difficult batter to fan in the National League this season at 8.7 at-bats per strikeout and leads Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Ben Revere by .007 in the batting race.
Milwaukee’s Aramis Ramirez is sixth in the league at .304.
The Brewers have been surviving this season with a platoon of Lyle Overbay and Mark Reynolds at first base—with an occasional start by Jonathan Lucroy thrown in—that is among the least productive in baseball.
Milwaukee first basemen are hitting .218/.309/.387 this season. That batting average is the worst in the National League and is 28th in baseball, better only than the Texas Rangers and Houston Astros.
The OPS of .695 is 24th in baseball, better only than the San Diego Padres and Cincinnati Reds in the NL.
The Brewers have gotten 33 doubles, 19 homers and 75 RBI at first base, along with 169 strikeouts.
Reynolds is hitting .201/.291/.407 in 112 games, with 21 homers and 44 RBI. Overbay is at .247/.337/.353 in 94 games, with four home runs and 31 RBI.