UPDATE: This was a pure salary dump – the Bucs are paying the entire contract. Why, Dave? Why? Props to Sabean, but on June 1st he might’ve gotten a good prospect plus the same salary relief.
The Pirates have acquired Matt Morris from the Giants for outfielder Rajai Davis and a player to be named later. I’m guessing they just wanted salary relief, because Davis isn’t much more than a speedy reserve outfielder. Brian Sabean made this deal about a month and a half too late. Morris had a 2.56 ERA in June 11th.
The Pirates seem to be trying that strategy that didn’t work for Allard Baird – third-division club acquires third-division overpriced veterans to give the appearance of respectability. Maybe a few years from now they’ll catch on to the Dayton Moore model.