Pirates pick up Michael Morse from the Dodgers for Jose Tabata

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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?

Cubs acquire Jesse Chavez from Rangers

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The Cubs announced on Thursday evening that the club acquired pitcher Jesse Chavez from the Rangers in exchange for minor league pitcher Tyler Thomas.

Chavez, 34, has pitched out of the bullpen for the Rangers this season, compiling a 3.51 ERA with 50 strikeouts and 12 walks across 56 1/3 innings. The veteran right-hander inked a one-year, $1 million deal with the Rangers in February, so the Cubs are on the hook for the prorated remainder — a little less than $600,000.

Thomas, 22, was selected by the Cubs in the seventh round of the 2017 draft. The lefty has made 14 starts and one relief appearance for Single-A South Bend, putting up a 2.88 ERA with an 81/14 K/BB ratio in 75 innings.