Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Pirates Acquire Matt Morris

In a move that nobody saw coming, the Pirates sent centerfielder Rajai Davis and a player to be named later to the Giants in exchange for Matt Morris. The former 20 game winner has amassed a 4.35 ERA and a 7-7 record this year. While certainly not the same pitcher as his early days, Morris still provides veteran leadership and a steady presence in the 3rd or 4th spot in the rotation. Morris is in the middle of a 3 year, 27 million dollar contract, 9.5 million of which he is making this year with around 9.5 million next year, and a club option for 2009. A surprising move to say the least, simply for the large salary. Is this a desperate move by Littlefield to save his job? A sign from the Nuttings that they're willing to spend money? The loss of Davis is not significant for the Pirates, who have 2 other speedy centerfielders in Duffy and McClouth who can't hit. With the anticipation of McCutchen arriving in the near future, a centerfielder was expendable.

In other news Jack Wilson was not traded to Detroit as expected, but with his large contract a waiver wire deal is still a possibility.

Expect more analysis on the Morris deal tomorrow as we try and sort out the reasoning for the trade and listen to Littlefield's remarks. Definitely made this day a whole lot more interesting.

Tip: Post-Gazette

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1 comment:

Dave Wannstache said...

I thought that maybe part of the deal would require the Giants to pick up a portion of Morris's salary. Apparently, that's not the case, as it's being reported that the Pirates are picking up the entirety of Morris's contract.

I don't know whether to be encouraged that the Nuttings are actually spending money, or confused that we'll have this guy for the next two years at about $20 million.