One day after we learned that Bryan Morris had a fourth option year, the Pittsburgh Pirates optioned Morris to Triple-A. It's coincidental in the way that it played out. Baseball America reported the players with additional option years yesterday. The Pirates and Morris had known for a few months.
I've been saying for the better part of the last year that Bryan Morris should be pitching in the majors. When I thought he was out of options I felt he should have been a lock to make the team. And now? I don't think it's a bad idea to send him to the minors at the start of the year.
I do think Morris needs to be in the majors this year. I thought he should have been in the majors last year, instead of adding guys like Chad Qualls and Hisanori Takahashi. Morris should have been given his chance to prove himself, and lock down a spot for the 2013 season. That didn't happen, and now we're in a situation where Morris has just 26 days of serv...
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