Aaron Gleeman

Rockies decline $9 million option on Justin Morneau

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Colorado has declined its half of Justin Morneau‘s $9 million mutual option for 2016, making the former MVP first baseman a free agent at age 34.

Morneau was limited to just 49 games this season following another concussion, which have repeatedly derailed his career dating back to 2010 with the Twins. After several years of inconsistent production following the initial brain injury Morneau got on track enough to hit .316 with an .850 OPS for the Rockies during the past two seasons, but at this point his concussion issues go beyond baseball.

Yes, his inability to stay symptom free keeps Morneau out of the lineup and likely limits his market as a free agent, but it’s hard not to worry much more that another concussion could keep him from living a normal life.