08:13 AM ET 02.01 | The 2013 season looms large for Justin Morneau, who finally will be coming off a routine offseason. [Morneau will return] with both his place as one of the game's most feared sluggers, and long-term status with the Minnesota Twins unsettled. The first baseman from New Westminster, B.C., managed to finish the 2012 season on the field, the first time he's done so since he was runner-up for the American-League MVP in 2008, but he hardly resembled his hard-hitting self. ... Should the Twins feel the need to further bolster their core, trading Morneau would be one way to do it, especially if he returns to form and the team again flops. His name has regularly floated within industry gossip since last spring, and that only figures to pick up.