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Pirates acquire Hunter Morris from Brewers

The 26-year-old first baseman had been outrighted earlier this offseason.


The Milwaukee Brewers have dealt minor league first baseman Hunter Morris to the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for a player to be named later, per a club announcement. Morris had been outrighted by Milwaukee earlier this offseason.

With Adam Lind, Luis Jimenez, and Matt Clark in tow, the Brewers didn't really have a spot open for Morris at the major league or Triple-A level, speaking more to Morris' talent than the Brewers' prowess at first base. In Pittsburgh, his path to the majors isn't much clearer, with Pedro Alvarez and Corey Hart entrenched in Pittsburgh. If injuries were to strike, Morris could possibly be the next name called upon, though Stetson Allie should also be at Triple-A this season, and top prospect Josh Bell has already reached Double-A.

A fourth round pick in the 2010 draft, Morris was the Brewers' Minor League Player of the Year in 2012, when he hit .303/.357/.563 with 28 home runs and 40 doubles in 571 plate appearances at Double-A. However, Morris was bypassed repeatedly by the big league club, and his production has fallen in each of the past two seasons. In 356 plate appearances at Triple-A in 2014, Morris hit .279/.323/.448 with 11 home runs.