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Bucs Boot Morris
Posted by Jason Thornbury at 4/27/2008 10:51:00 AM
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Matt Morris was released Sunday, the penultimate chapter in a terrible, terrible acquisition. Not the final chapter, though, because the Pirates are still on the hook for more than $11 million owed to Morris, including a $1 million 2009 buyout. Nevertheless, GM Neal Huntington deserves credit for recognizing a sunk cost when it's staring him in the face. Yeah, it's obvious that Morris is far from the player he once was and releasing him is a no-brainer, but far too often teams keep worthless players around anyway just because they have tons a cash tied up in the player. If you're going to have pay the money anyway, why not replace the offending player with a minor leaguer who can do no worse? Of course, it was easier for Huntington to make the move because Morris wasn't his trade. That one belongs to former GM David Littlefield. One wonders, were he still around, if Littlefield would have been able to admit his mistake and cut Morris a mere nine months after trading for him. Not a few general managers haven't been able to do such a thing in similar circumstances. The road to baseball ruin is paved with front-office pride.


11 million for 85 innings pitched, unbelievable.
Posted by kevinccp at 4/27/2008 11:51:00 AM
Really among the top few for worst move in any sport in the last 10-15 years.
Posted by schoenke at 4/27/2008 12:19:00 PM
How long until we are writing something similar about Barry Zito?
Posted by MPStopa at 4/27/2008 3:20:00 PM're on to somethign here...I think BZ is the worst guy getting the ball every 5th day in the bigs right now... Zito's insanely scary line today:
3.0.ip, 7h, 3bb, k, 8er

Posted by Will Schwarz at 4/27/2008 3:44:00 PM
The Pirates are surpassed only by the Rangers in stupidity when it comes to evaluating starting pitching. Neither organization seems able to sign a competent veteran or draft and develop within their organization.
Posted by Marcusphi at 4/27/2008 4:39:00 PM
If the Pirates were smart, maybe shop Bay, Laroche to the Reds in exchange for some young pitching. I could see this happening further on into this year, trading Davis for Morris through the old regime should have taught them something.
Posted by kevinccp at 4/27/2008 5:46:00 PM
Why in the world would the reds trade for a 1b with Votto already up and ready? I actually don't think i'd trade Votto for LaRoche straight up in a fantasy league for 2008.

As a pirates fan, i'm amazed we did the right thing and cut Morris and it gives me a slight bit of confidence that we are perhaps finally headed in a positive direction with the franchise. It gives me confidence that the Pirates will actually do something smart when it comes to the trading deadline this year.

The Pirates should shop Nady now while his price is as high as it will get with this hot start to 2008. If Bay is able to put together a good first half, flip him in the 2nd half as well. Pearce is major league ready and McCutchen is RAKING right now - we should give him a shot before too long to make things interesting. The BRaves seem like they need help in their OF (Kotsay? Blanco? eeesh...)

The next important step for the pirates - draft day June 2008... will we finally actually draft the best available hitter (Alvarez?) or will we screw up again and sign some idiot we can get for under slot that will project to be a #4 starter in 2014 on another team...

That will tell you where the Pirates are actually headed under the new regime.

Posted by billgoofnow at 4/27/2008 7:54:00 PM
I wonder if the Pirates regret drafting Bryan Bullington and Daniel Moskos over B.J. Upton and Matt Wieters? At least this is a step in the right direction. The Rays are taking Pedro Alvarez, but the Pirates should be more than happy with Tim Beckham.

Speaking of sunk costs, anyone catch Andruw Jones today? 0-for-4 with 3 K's and 4 LOB. Pretty bad when a 3-for-27 run isn't really a slump for him.
Posted by vtadave at 4/27/2008 8:39:00 PM
I've read/heard several reports that suggest the Rays will not take Alvarez.

Wieters was such a no brainer over Moskos it's absurd... How about Stephen Drew even more recently than Upton? We've screwed up every year in the past 10... the pirates have been the worst drafting organization since the mid 1990s perhaps even longer.
Posted by billgoofnow at 4/28/2008 6:01:00 AM
At this point, the Morris move wasn't really that big of a deal. Personally I would have sent him to the bullpen and let him mop up in the all-too-often 10-2 type losses. It's not like the Bucs needed to make room for any major league ready starters waiting in the minors. Snell and Maholm have been decent but after that no one stands out. I wouldn't mind seeing Sean Burnett turn back into a starter. The Morris move was also done in part to appease the public. Regarding the draft, the new management team promises to take the best talent available. What a relief? I'm tired of taking overworked college hurlers who have a low ceiling just because they're thought to be close to the majors. I think the Bucs will take the stud catcher after passing on Wieters last year.
Posted by jtopper at 4/28/2008 2:23:00 PM
The one worry - Coonelly was the guy in MLB's front offices that was trying to enforce other teams to stick to slot money for their draft signing bonuses. I have a hard time seeing the Bucs not practice what he preached. We'll see.
Posted by Erickson at 4/28/2008 9:20:00 PM

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