The Pittsburgh Pirates today traded right-handed pitcher Bryan Morris to the Miami Marlins. In exchange for Morris, Pittsburgh will receive Miami's 39th overall selection (competitive balance A) in this year's First-Year Player Draft on Thursday. The announcement was made by Pirates Senior Vice President, General Manager Neal Huntington.
"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."
Pittsburgh will now have 42 selections in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, including four of the first 73 (numbers 24, 39, 64 and 73 entering today).
The Pirates will make a corresponding move to replace Morris on the 25-man active roster prior to tonight's game in Los Angeles.