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Bucs complete Morneau trade, send Welker to Twins

PITTSBURGH -- The Aug. 31 deal that brought first baseman Justin Morneau to the Pirates was completed on Saturday, with the Bucs sending right-hander Duke Welker to the Twins.

Outfielder Alex Presley moved to Minnesota in that transaction on the final day before postseason rosters had to be set, and Welker was identified on Saturday as the player to be named.

Welker made his big league debut this season with the Bucs, tossing 1 1/3 hitless innings in a pair of late-June appearances. The 27-year-old, signed as a second-round pick in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft, posted a 3.57 ERA in 48 appearances, including nine saves, with Triple-A Indianapolis.

Morneau batted .260 with three RBIs in 25 September games with the Bucs and is 4-for-13 in the first three games of the postseason.

Presley spent significant parts of each of the last four seasons with the Pirates and batted .283 in 28 games with the Twins following the trade.

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