The Pittsburgh Pirates have traded reliever Bryan Morris to the Miami Marlins for the 39th overall pick in the upcoming draft. The pick is a competitive balance pick, which means it can be traded.

Pittsburgh was going to have to make a roster decision when Stolmy Pimentel returns from the disabled list and it looks like Morris was the odd man out. He has a 3.80 ERA in 21 appearances this year, posting a 1.56 WHIP and a 12/14 BB/K ratio in 23.2 innings. Morris has really struggled in May, allowing eight runs on 15 hits and ten walks in 12.2 innings over 12 appearances.

Pimentel began pitching at Pirates City on Friday.

The draft pick will give the Pirates another chance at some high upside talent and it also gives them a bigger draft bonus pool to work from. They also have the 24th, 64th and 73rd overall picks.

Neal Huntington had this to say about the trade:

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

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44 COMMENTS

  1. People keep talking about Morris being a potential closer and I remember a few years ago when Lincoln was our future closer

  2. If sadler performs well I see gomez getting sent back to indi when pimentel comes back. Anybody else see that?

    • No options left for Gomez. Would have to DFA him unless he’s injured and put on DL. Only Hughes has options from existing relief corp. not counting Sadler of course.

  3. I like this move a lot. Even if Morris turns out to be a quality reliever, he’s worth the 39th pick in the draft. And he has yet to show the potential that his stuff may indicate, and he may never.

    Well done, Neal.

    • I agree, I have seen enough of Morris to know he will never be a back end bullpen guy. I think Neal may have something up his sleeve to acquire a SS like Gergorious or someone else. This could give more flexibility to make a deal. I think everyone can agree Mercer is not the answer.

  4. It will be years until we can clearly assess this trade, especially given that it involves a draft pick. but, I am not crazy about this trade in the short term. Yes, Morris has been a disappointment this season so far. But, he has great stuff and velocity – and I thought he would be our eventual close. I would not be surprised if he does not become a very effective reliever for the Marlins – he may just need a change of scenery. Plus, he’s only 27. So, we lost a very valuable arm in the bullpen, for an unknown commodity that will not yield any fruit for likely 3-5 years – if it does at all.

    I don’t see how this trade makes us better. I would rather they kept Morris over Gomez, just because of his potential and much higher ceiling. Although, I am sure Gomez would not yield anywhere near as a high of a draft pick. If they had to trade Morris, it would make more sense if it was for something that could help us now or very soon – like a starting pitching prospect, a shortstop prospect, or a first base prospect that was in AA or AAA.

    • You talk about helping the team in the short-term, but you say that you only want to keep Morris because of his ceiling and potential? That means long-term. There is no way that this trade makes us worse in the short-term.

      Also, no team is going to give up a good prospect for a horrible middle reliever.

      • No, Morris has pitched well for the Pirates in the past – and though he has had his struggles at times, a bullpen with him is stronger than a bullpen without him IMHO. I had complete confidence he was going to become an effective reliever again this year – his stuff is just too good for him not to.

        The Pirates need help now in certain areas, and this trade doesn’t help them at all – now. It actually makes them weaker.That is my point.

  5. It will be interesting to see if the Pirates flip the 34th pick for a ML ready player or if this pick is an insurance policy in case they draft a guy at #24 with signability issues.

    • That was one of my first thoughts – make a deal for Snider + this pick for someone MLB ready. I’m thinking after Wandy, there won’t be further pure salary dumps, and I doubt Snider fits into the Bucs plans at Indy if they DFA him and he clears.

      • Snider will not yield a six pack of beer, let alone a MLB ready player of any significant value.

        • That’s the point. Neal’s stance should be, you want the draft pick, you take Snider’s $1.2 million salary.

        • Guys like snider get traded all the time for midde relievers or b level prospects. There’s always a team willing to take a chance on a former first rounder.

  6. Other guys who the pirates will want to add to the 40 man before next year as Mel Rojas ( he will become a FA if not added ) Nick Kingham and Adrian Sampson.

  7. I think an apt description is utterly brilliant. The draft pick is valued at $7-5 million. Bryan Morris has performed at below replacement level, the Marlins must have just watched his bullpen sessions.

  8. The Pirates don’t have to clear any 40 man space for Pimentel or Sadler.They are both on the 40 man. Morris leaving actually gives them 3 spots open on the 40 man roster . I would imagine Worley might be getting one of those spots . NH maybe trying to make another move or two as well

  9. Good move and now they still have to find a new home for Snyder. Morris had a lot of talent and tough to let that go, but if he can’t pitch for your team then he has to go even if he figures it out for someone else.

    • Snider won’t find many takers(maybe Seattle).

      He has been a major disappointment , except for a few pinch hit HR’s and that great catch a few seasons back.

      He is good as gone. If no one on the current roster goes on the Dl, this should be his last week in a Pirate uniform.

      Seems like a nice guy, but not a very good baseball player.

  10. It’s kind of funny reading Huntington’s quote about this 39th pick, when Bryan Morris was, himself, the 26th overall pick….

    • Wasn’t drafted by the Pirates though, so you can’t pin that on NH.

      I am sure there are plenty of other draft picks, drafted in the 1st round in that spot, that are struggling, never have reached the majors, or out of baseball all together.

      Morris throws hard, big deal, tons of pitchers throw hard.
      His ball was straight, and was he was getting hit hard every time i saw him pitch in his last month as a Pirate.
      Good luck to him with Miami, but i don’t think he will be missed that much.

  11. Maybe this is why Casey Sadler was pulled from his start the other day. I know it makes room for Pimentel, but players have 30 days for rehab and Pimentel’s just started Friday.

  12. Well this should quiet 80% of the fanbase, at least until the next reliever struggles. I like the move because of how deep this draft is. There will be a real talent available at 39 and gives the FO some flexibility.

    • I was definitely in that 80%!!! And we got the 39 pick??? Great job….Because Morris was Stinking it up!!!

  13. So now there’s 2 open spots on the 40-man? This should give the Pirates some better flexibility to make a few moves. Like if they need a Dickerson or somebody like that for the short-term.

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