TRADE DEADLINE BUZZ
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.