Pirates deal Morris to Miami

Bryan Morris

The Pittsburgh Pirates traded pitcher Bryan Morris to the Miami Marlins Sunday in exchange for their third pick (39th overall) in the 2014 MLB Draft.

Morris has gone 4-0 with a 3.80 earned run average over 21 games with the Pirates this season.

In 81 career games, all with the Pirates, the 27-year-old right-hander has posted a 9-7 record with a 3.46 ERA.

Pirates' GM Neal Huntington got a stronger Draft presence with the deal. The acquired pick becomes the team's second-highest overall; the Pirates' regular first-round choice, at No. 24, originally was not going to be repeated until No. 64.

"We feel this trade will have a positive impact on our organization in the short, moderate and long term," said Huntington. "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."

Morris' spot on the 25-man roster was filled by Casey Sadler, who was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis, where he'd been 6-1 in eight starts with a 2.66 ERA.

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