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Insider Only Trade Deadline Buzz: Tabata era is over, Pirates add Happ and Morse at the buzzer

The Jose Tabata era is over. The Pittsburgh traded one DFA player for another, trading Tabata to the Los Angeles Dodgers for 1B/OF Michael Morse. Morse was designated for assignment after the Dodgers picked him up in the three-team deal with the Marlins and Braves. Morse hit .213/.276/.313 with 4 home runs and 12 RBIs in 53 games for the Marlins. In 2014, Morse hit .279/.336/.475 with 16 home runs, 61 RBIs for the World Series Champion San Francisco Giants. Morse was 6-20 (.300) with a home run, 5 RBI in the post-season for the Giants.
Morse is making $7 million this season and due $8 million in 2016.

The Dodgers are sending the Pirates cash in the deal.
The Pirates today also acquired left-handed pitcher J.A. Happ from Seattle in exchange for minor league pitcher Adrian Sampson. The 32-year-old Happ went 4-6 with a 4.64 ERA (108.2ip/56er) and 82 strikeouts in 21 appearances (20 starts) this year for the Mariners.
Happ has a career record of 55-59 with a 4.29 ERA (949.1ip/452er) and 790 strikeouts in 185 games (160 starts) between Philadelphia (2007-10), Houston (2010-12), Toronto (2012-14) and Seattle (2015). Last year with the Blue Jays he recorded double digit win totals for the second time in his career after going 11-11 with a 4.22 ERA.
Happ making $6.7 million this season, is a free agent at season end.

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