Michael Morse's 2015 season began with high hopes, as he signed with the Marlins to be their everyday first baseman. He never got on track, missed more than a month with a finger injury, was supplanted by Justin Bour and was traded in late July to the Dodgers in a three-team deal. The next day, the Dodgers flipped Morse to the Pirates, where he served as Pedro Alvarez's platoon partner. Morse will fill a similar role again for the Pirates, filling the lesser half of a first base platoon with John Jaso. With limited opportunities for playing time, Morse can be passed over except in the deepest of NL-only leagues.
Pirates first baseman Pedro Alvarez is not in the lineup for Game 2 of Tuesday's doubleheader with the Cubs. Michael Morse will get the start at first base in the nightcap with left-hander Jon Lester toeing the rubber for Chicago. Alvarez went 0-for-2 in Game 1, but he did also draw two walks for the third straight game.
The Pirates have added first baseman/outfielder Michael Morse to the active roster on Monday. Morse was acquired from the Dodgers in exchange for outfielder Jose Tabata just before Friday's trade deadline. Morse was slashing a disappointing .213/.276/.313 with four home runs and 12 RBI in 53 games with the Marlins, before being dealt to Los Angeles in a three-team deal last week. He is in the starting lineup on Monday, playing first base and batting seventh for manager Clint Hurdle. To clear room on the 25-man roster, outfielder Jaff Decker was optioned to Triple-A Indianpolis, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune.
The Dodgers have traded first baseman Michael Morse and cash considerations to the Pirates. In exchange, the Dodgers will receive outfielder Jose Tabata , CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reports. Morse was acquired by the Dodgers from the Marlins in a three-team deal on Thursday and was subsequentley desginated for assignment. Tabata was currently playing with Triple-A Indianapolis for the Pirates. He did spend 27 games with the big club earlier this year, batting .289 in 38 at-bats. Neither team has officially announced the deal as of yet.
Michael Morse's tenure with the Dodgers lasted all of about three hours. Morse was designated for assignment by the Dodgers, who just acquired him from the Marlins earlier on Thursday. Morse has been struggling all season, batting just .214 with four home runs and 12 RBI in 52 games with Miami. This move, along with a handful of others, was done to clear room on the roster for the rest of the players the Dodgers acquired Thursday afternoon.
The Dodgers have snagged several veterans in a just-completed three-way trade filled with prospects, per Yahoo Sports. They receive starting pitchers Alex Wood and Bronson Arroyo and relievers Luis Avilan and Jim Johnson, as well as minor league utility infielder Jose Peraza from the Braves. They also get first baseman Michael Morse and starting pitcher Mat Latos from the Marlins. The Dodgers sent several prospects to both teams. First baseman Hector Olivera, lefty Paco Rodriguez and starting pitcher Zachary Bird head to Atlanta while pitchers Victor Araujo and Angel Guzman go to Miami. The keys are Wood and Latos, who will likely immediately join the Los Angeles rotation, as well as Johnson, who has been used as the Atlanta closer. The 24-year-old Wood hasn't performed as well this season as he did in 2014, but he is 7-6 with a 3.54 ERA and 90 strikeouts in 119 1/3 innings. Latos is 4-7 with a 4.48 ERA, but has come on strong. He has allowed just six earned runs in his last 26 innings pitched. Johnson has nine saves, but will almost certainly be used behind Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen.