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Pirates pick up Michael Morse from the Dodgers for Jose Tabata


Jon Heyman reports that the Pirates have acquired Michael Morse from the Dodgers in exchange for Jose Tabata.

Morse was DFA’d by the Dodgers after they got him in that big Braves-Marlins-Dodgers deal. He’s having a bad year –he’s hit only .214/.277/.314 in 173 plate appearances — but he can play first base against left-handed pitching and thus likely provides the Pirates more flexibility than the outfielder Tabata does.

As for the Dodgers, you have to figure they DFA Tabata too, right?

And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

Jason Castro

Astros 3, Angels 0: The Astros complete a three-game sweep of the Angels and take a two-game lead in the west thanks to Jason Castro’s walkoff three-run homer. The win was aided by Scott Kazmir’s seven and two-thirds shutout innings. And now Carlos Gomez is on his way to join the fun.

Reds 15, Pirates 5: Brandon Phillips hit two three-run homers and drove in seven as the Reds demolish the Pirates. He also stole two bases. Jay Bruce drove in three as well. Word is that the Mets may be interested in Bruce, however, so expect to hear Sandy Alderson identify some mysterious physical ailment in him in the next few hours which undercuts any possible trade. Maybe a strain of his right buttock due to is wallet being too big for the Mets’ tastes.

Nationals 1, Marlins 0: Max Scherzer, Drew Storen and Jonathan Papelbon combine on a three-hit shutout. After the game someone asked the Nationals new closer how he was getting along with the old closer. Any strife or awkwardness with Storen, you know, losing his job?

That, um, is good.

Padres 8, Mets 7: Justin Upton’s three-run homer with two outs in the top of the ninth — after a 45 minute rain delay — ended up winning the game. But not before a post-homer rain delay of nearly another three hours, thanks in part to the Mets crew having a hell of a time getting the already wet tarp back on the field. Open question as to why Jeurys Familia was allowed to resuming pitching after that first 45 minute break, but Terry Collins thought he was OK. In other news, Justin Upton, who is the subject of trade rumors, is messing with us:

Earlier in the game, Upton hugged his teammates in the dugout as if he was saying goodbye after a trade.

“I thought that was funny,” Upton said. “That’s what happens when people like to tweet everything.”

Just like Best Shape of His Life, “Hug Watch” is more or less over now that players are aware of it. Really tired of players ruining all that is great about this game.

Phillies 4, Braves 1: Philly wins its tenth in the past 12 games. Aaron Harang came off the DL to allowed one run while scattering nine hits over five innings. Fun times: despite the trade to Texas, reliever Jake Diekman was still in uniform in the Phillies bullpen because, apparently, actually finalizing trades is too hard to do these days. Wilmer Flores on Wednesday night, Michael Morse pinch hitting for the Marlins yesterday, Diekman in the pen. Jeez, guys, clean it up. Tigers should’ve started David Price for crying out loud.

Tigers 9, Orioles 8: The Tigers had a 9-2 lead in the sixth inning before their bullpen made it interesting. Not that that’s new or anything. Now that they’re selling off it doesn’t matter all that much, of course. What does matter is Yoenis Cespedes homering and driving in three runs in his final audition before the trade deadline this afternoon.

Blue Jays 5, Royals 2: Dioner Navarro, Russell Martin and Josh Donaldson all homered. Ben Zobrist made his Kansas City debut and went 0-for-4. He did manage to snag his preferred number 18 from coach Rusty Kuntz, however. Hope he’s getting what he wants for it. 

Dare to dream, Rusty.

Cardinals 9, Rockies 8: The Cardinals win on a walkoff walk as the Rockies blew a two-run lead in the ninth. Matt Carpenter homered twice, going 4-for-5 with four driven in. He did so after being moved back up to the leadoff position. After the game he talked about how that helps and how he’s more comfortable there and stuff. Which is something I don’t understand at all, as after the first inning it’s just like being in any other position in the lineup. He singled then, so great, but the homers came later. Never under estimate the superstition, irrationality and love of routine of ballplayers, though.

Red Sox 8, White Sox 2: The White Sox were surging, winners of seven straight, and were sending their ace, Chris Sale to the mound. So much for momentum theory. Boston rocked Sale to the tune of seven runs on 12 hits in five innings. David Ortiz went 3-for-3 with two RBI. Xander Bogaerts also had three hits and Rusney Castillo homered in the seventh. It was only Boston’s third win in their past 15 games.

Rangers 7, Yankees 6: Josh Hamilton hit a three-run homer in the first and a walkoff single in the ninth for a nice set of bookends. It was 101 degrees at first pitch. CC Sabathia ended up going to the hospital with dehydration. I’m all for outdoor baseball but I’d love to meet the genius who decided that they didn’t need a retractable roof in Texas. I guess they build the dang thing too early — Chase Field, Safeco Field, Minute Maid Park, and Miller Park all came later — and weren’t confident that it’d work? I dunno.

Cubs 5, Brewers 2: Anthony Rizzo hit a three-run homer with two out in the eighth inning. Joe Maddon: “The whole night, it wasn’t going our way, but I liked the way we worked. And then eventually Riz steps up and does what he can do.” No diggity. In other news, baseball nicknames are dying, you guys. How is he not “Ratso?”

Twins 9, Mariners 5: Eddie Rosario had a homer, a triple, a double and drove in three. If you have to fall short of a cycle, not getting the single is the best way to do it, even if “triple short of the cycle” gets all the press. Aaron Hicks and Brian Dozier also homered.

Indians 3, Athletics 1: Carlos Carrasco was dominant, tossing a two-hitter, with both hits coming in the first inning. All the A’s managed the rest of the way was a measly walk as Carrasco went the distance, needing only 103 pitches to do so, in a game that took only two hours and fifteen minutes.

The Dodgers have already designated Michael Morse for assignment

Michael Morse Marlins

When the Dodgers picked up Michael Morse in today’s mega 13-player deal with the Marlins and Braves, there was some speculation that it was strictly about the money involved and that he wouldn’t play a game for the team. Sure enough, the Dodgers announced tonight that they have designated Morse for assignment. Oh, but that’s not all…

Yes, the Dodgers designated four players for assignment to make room for their new additions. You don’t see this sort of thing very often.

Between the money owed to Morse (including $8 million next season), Mat Latos, Hector Olivera, and Bronson Arroyo, the Dodgers agreed to cover more than $40 million in order to get this deal done. This franchise exists in a different universe from everyone else.

The extraordinarily odd, 13-player Dodgers-Marlins-Braves trade is done


It took a day and change to make it happen, but Mat Latos is finally going to Los Angeles. And a heck of a lot of other players are moving around too as that Dodgers-Marlins-Braves trade is finally done, per Ken Rosenthal. The deal, which has changed some since last night:

  • To the Dodgers: Starter Mat Latos and first baseman Michael Morse from the Marlins and starter Alex Wood, relievers Jim Johnson and Luis Avilan, and infield prospect Jose Peraza from the Braves. Also from the Braves: Bronson Arroyo, who likely wasn’t going to pitch at all this year anyway and appears to be a financial move for Atlanta more than anything;
  • To the Braves: Infielder Hector Olivera, left-handed reliever Paco Rodriguez, and minor league pitcher Zachary Bird from the Dodgers and Miami’s 2016 Competitive Balance Draft pick (34th overall); and
  • To the Marlins: Minor league pitchers  Kevin Guzman, Jeff Brigham and Victor Araujo as well as cash.

For the Dodgers, the moves are obvious: bolstering the starting pitching, with both Latos and Wood presumably moving into the rotation and Johnson and Avilan moving in to bolster the bullpen. Peraza is an interesting piece who will likely go to Oklahoma City. I have no idea what they plan to do with Michael Morse.

The Marlins save cash and get kids. That’s generally the reason for any Marlins move.

The Braves? Man, I dunno. Olivera is an intriguing piece who has been raking at Triple-A. But he’s 30, so it’s not like he’s the sort of guy who will anchor their infield for years and years. Obviously Alex Wood and any other pitcher is an injury risk and the Braves have other infield prospects apart from Peraza, but that seems an awful lot to give up for, basically, one guy, a draft pick, a couple of random arms and some financial relief. On the bright side, taking on a 30-year-old centerpiece suggests that the Braves believe they will be competitive relatively soon.

Also: how about the Braves losing Arroyo? Which means that they picked up Touki Toussaint from the Diamondbacks for virtually nothing. That’s not too shabby.

There David Price, Cole Hamels and Johnny Cueto deals were bigger in star power, but there likely will be no bigger deal in sheer mass than this one at the 2015 deadline.

Dodgers, Marlins, Braves trade involving Mat Latos “simply being held up by paperwork”

Mat Latos

UPDATE, 10:24 PM ET: According to MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro, the three pitching prospects headed to the Marlins are Jeff Brigham, Victor Araujo, and Kevin Guzman.


9:45 PM ET: Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports has the updated outline …


8:53 PM ET: Los Angeles is also getting top Braves prospect Jose Peraza, tweets Mark Bowman of MLB.com. This is a massive, complicated trade.


8:47 PM ET: That starter heading from Atlanta to Los Angeles would be left-hander Alex Wood, according to Rosenthal and Morosi. And the Dodgers would also get current Braves closer Jim Johnson. In return, they’d receive Morse and a compensation pick.


8:44 PM ET: Joel Sherman of the New York Post is hearing the Braves will send a young starting pitcher to the Dodgers. Sherman says it would be someone who could slot into the Los Angeles starting rotation right now.


8:22 PM ET: That third team is the Braves, per Rosenthal. They wouldn’t be a fit at all for Morse. This trade may look completely different than some earlier reportings after all is said and done.


8:20 PM ET: According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, there is indeed a third team involved. Which probably has something to do with Morse. Still some moving parts here, but it does sound close.


7:28 PM ET: Bob Nightengale of USA Today says the deal is simply being held up by paperwork. Sounds like we’ll be hearing something official soon.


5:21 PM ET: Not so fast, my friends. Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that the trade sending Mat Latos and Michael Morse to the Dodgers “could be falling apart.” He says that Latos and Morse are still in the Marlins’ clubhouse. Marlins manager Dan Jennings said this afternoon that he hadn’t heard about the trade being close. It’s been reported this afternoon that the Dodgers are trying to flip Morse to a third team, so that could be the holdup. It’s also possible, perhaps, that David Price being made available is making the Dodgers rethink. But we can’t know, really. Stay tuned. Fasten your seatbelts. Etc.


11:51 AM ET: In the market for starting pitching help and always willing to take on some unwanted salary to get a deal done, the Dodgers have acquired right-hander Mat Latos, first baseman/outfielder Michael Morse, and a competitive balance draft pick from the Marlins for three minor leaguers.

Latos is the guy in this deal the Dodgers wanted. After a rough start to the season he’s turned things around with a 2.96 ERA and 43/9 K/BB ratio in his last seven starts. Latos has durability issues and seems to rub people the wrong way wherever he goes, but he’s a 27-year-old starter with a 3.43 career ERA and immediately upgrades the Dodgers’ rotation behind aces Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke.

Morse is a potentially valuable player too, but the Dodgers have an All-Star first baseman in Adrian Gonzalez and a crowded outfield already, so his inclusion in the deal is mostly about the Marlins wanting to shed his $8 million salary for 2016. Morse signed a two-year, $16 million deal with Miami this offseason, but has hit just .214 with a .592 OPS in 52 games at age 33.

The value of the draft pick heading the Dodgers’ way shouldn’t be overlooked, because it’s basically a late first-round pick in the top 40 overall. A first-round pick going from a rebuilding team to a contending team doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, but then again it is the Marlins and the Dodgers are happy to buy something valuable that was handed out in the name of “competitive balance.”

No word yet on the three minor leaguers headed to the Marlins.