Unfortunately, there’s no surprise here. ESPN reports the Pirates have released Matt Morris. As Tim noted last night, the Pirates had little choice and eating $10MM seems their best option. According to ESPN,
"The decision to cut Morris will cost the Pirates more than $10 million, in addition to what they already have paid him this season. Morris is making $10,037,283 this season, or about one-fifth of their payroll, and has a $1 million buyout for 2009."
There shouldn’t be much interest for Morris. A minor league contract somewhere could be a possibility. But retirement seems inevitable, and Morris may be resigned to the fact:
"I’ve always said the other team will let you know when you’re done."
Phil Dumatrait will replace him in the rotation, and John Van Benschoten will be called up to fill the roster spot.
By Nat Boyle