The Pirates released Michael Morse

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The Pirates have released first baseman Michael Morse, Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. The club designated him for assignment last week and couldn’t find a trade partner.

Morse, 34, went hitless in eight plate appearances with the Pirates, making one start and five pinch-hit appearances. Six of those plate appearances came against right-handed pitchers.

Morse, who has played with the Mariners, Orioles, Giants, Marlins, and Pirates over the last three seasons, will probably draw interest elsewhere now that he is a free agent. The Pirates owe him about $5 million of the $8 million total for his 2016 salary.