Pirates deal Morris to Marlins for draft pick

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LOS ANGELES -- The Pirates traded right-handed reliever Bryan Morris to the Miami Marlins today in exchange for Miami’s 39th overall selection in Thursday’s first-year player draft.

The announcement was made by Pirates General Manager Neal Huntington.

“We feel this trade will have a positive impact on our organization in the short, moderate and long term,” Huntington said in a statement. “In the short term, this trade will add a quality prospect to our system that will enhance our ability to make additional prospect-for-major-league-player-type deals while helping us to better sustain crucial prospect depth. Additionally, we feel we have made this move from a position of strength as we have kept our core bullpen intact. In the moderate and long term, we add an additional first-round talent that we project to play a significant role on future Pirates teams.”

The Pirates will now have 42 picks in the draft, including four of the first 73, with Nos. 24, 39, 64 and 73.

Morris, 27, was not quite as dominant this season as he was a year ago, giving up 25 hits, 11 runs and 12 walks in 23.2 innings pitched for the Pirates. He was acquired in 2008 from the Dodgers as part of a three-team trade.

The Pirates recalled right-hander Casey Sadler from Class AAA Indianapolis to fill the bullpen spot vacated by the trade.

Sadler had a stint with the club April 27 to May 5 and pitched four innings in two appearances, giving up two hits. He struck out three and walked two.

Sadler has gone 6-1 with a 2.66 ERA in 50 2/3 innings pitched, giving up 15 earned runs in eight starts for Indianapolis. That includes one complete game.

At the time of his promotion today, Sadler ranked No. 8 in the International League in ERA and was tied for second in wins.


First Published June 1, 2014 12:38 PM

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