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Marlins acquire reliever Bryan Morris from Pirates for 39th overall pick in this week’s draft

Jun 1, 2014, 1:49 PM EST

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From Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel comes word that the Marlins have acquired right-handed reliever Bryan Morris from the Pirates in exchange for their competitive balance pick in the 2014 MLB Amateur Draft, which gets underway this Thursday evening. It’s the 39th overall selection.

Morris owns a decent 3.46 ERA in 93 2/3 career innings (81 appearances) at the major league level, but he’s issued 42 walks alongside 57 strikeouts.

The 27-year-old was selected 26th overall by the Pirates in 2006, so this is sort of like a do-over.

To clear a roster spot, the Marlins transferred Jose Fernandez (elbow) to the 60-day disabled list.

Miami is off to a surprising 28-27 start with the best run differential (+19)  in the National League East.

  1. imnotyourbuddyguy - Jun 1, 2014 at 1:58 PM

    I know it’s a weak draft but man, 39th for Morris?

  2. musketmaniac - Jun 1, 2014 at 2:00 PM

    Interesting, and surprising. were under .500 and the overall pitching could be stronger.

  3. rbj1 - Jun 1, 2014 at 2:00 PM

    I thought in baseball you weren’t allowed to trade your draft picks.

    • gmagic9044 - Jun 1, 2014 at 2:03 PM

      I may be wrong here but I think MLB just tweaked this around the same time as allowing teams to trade international signing money.

    • imnotyourbuddyguy - Jun 1, 2014 at 2:03 PM

      Comp. Balance picks are tradable

      • rbj1 - Jun 1, 2014 at 2:42 PM

        Ah, thanks.

  4. musketmaniac - Jun 1, 2014 at 2:22 PM

    It’s a good pick, Morris is no all star but he does a good job. Huntington obviously confident in his AAA stock pile.

  5. musketmaniac - Jun 1, 2014 at 2:34 PM

    we went with two high school players last year, with our top two picks. Lets go older with the top two this year. Cole over Tailon could be a great example. We drafted Tailon a year before Cole. Cole is in 2cd year. Tailon were still waiting on. could be awhile.

    • wiscotom - Jun 2, 2014 at 4:07 AM

      Wasn’t he going to be called up sometime this year if not for TJ surgery?

      • steelpenbucs87 - Jun 2, 2014 at 10:38 AM

        In all likelihood yes, but it wasn’t a super-2 deadline sure fire thing like it was with Polanco. Still could have used a bit more seasoning in AAA and maybe jumped up after the All-Star Break.

  6. musketmaniac - Jun 1, 2014 at 3:09 PM

    After the trade Miami still has three of the top forty three picks.

    • Old Gator - Jun 1, 2014 at 7:19 PM

      Yeah, but with the way the Feesh’s boolpen has been doing museum-quality impersonations of Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, Fukushima and Janjira lately, almost any move – short of bringing back Carlos Marmol, I mean – would have been a good one.

  7. tigerprez - Jun 1, 2014 at 3:32 PM

    Slight correction. Morris was not drafted by the Pirates. He was a draft pick of the Dodgers and acquired in the Jason Bay/Manny Ramirez three-way trade in 2008.

  8. penguins87and71 - Jun 1, 2014 at 8:46 PM

    Way to go Huntington! Getting the 39th overall pick in this years draft is great for a guy in Morris who isn’t supposed to be in the MLB.

    • dan1111 - Jun 2, 2014 at 2:28 AM

      It is a very good deal for the Pirates. Morris might have been the weakest pitcher in their bullpen–decent results, but worrying peripheral numbers.

  9. crillbill - Jun 2, 2014 at 2:58 AM

    I always liked this guy. I think he’s much better suited as a starter though.

  10. captainloaded - Jun 2, 2014 at 9:42 AM

    Actually, he wasn’t drafted by the Pirates. He was a first round pick of the Dodgers.He was on of the trade pieces that sent Manny Ramirez to the Dodgers and Jason Bay to the Red Sox.

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