10:24 AM ET 07.14 | Justin Morneau and his representatives approached the Twins again in the past week, hoping to discuss a contract extension for the veteran first baseman in advance of the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. They were rebuffed, just as they were in the spring. "We asked," Morneau told the Pioneer Press after Saturday's 4-1 win at Yankee Stadium. "(The Twins) said they're not going to do anything about an extension before the trade deadline or anything like that. That's not an option." Twins general manager Terry Ryan, who essentially declared the organization open for trade talks earlier in the day, would not get into the likelihood of an 11th-hour contract extension for Morneau, playing the final season of a six-year, $80 million deal. "I don't think it's very smart for me to get into Morneau's contract," Ryan said. "I'm keeping all options open."