The Morris deal: How about ‘present’ considerations?

In the middle of another implosion by the Pirates bullpen, Bryan Morris comes out of the Marlins’ to blow down the three hitters he faces.

Okay, we get it. The June 1 trade of Morris to Miami will not go down as one of Neal Huntington’s best. Quit rubbing it in: Against the Bucs alone, Morris has three shutout innings, with five strikeouts. Overall, he has an 0.28 ERA in 28 appearances for the Fish.

I’d like to reconsider my original take on that deal. I’ve been saying that you need to wait years to rate it, because the player taken by the Pirates with the Draft choice acquired in return won’t be on the scene for years.

On further thought … that is exactly what was wrong with that move.

By the time Connor Joe, the Draft pick, arrives — IF he arrives; prospects are always crap shoots — Pedro Alvarez for sure, Andrew McCutchen likely, and Neil Walker possibly will all be gone. No way to foresee where the Pirates will be then.

But we knew they were in a race NOW. You have to grab every chance to contend for a postseason shot, because it is never guaranteed.

It isn’t like the Bucs shipped out a struggling pitcher. Morris was already 4-0 for them.

And now that their bullpen appears to be crumbling, they’re in damage-control mode — while Morris is thriving in Florida.

Please, I don’t even want to get into the Jason Grilli (19 strikeouts in 14 2/3 innings for the Angels, with a 3.07 ERA) — Ernesto Frieri (10.13 ERA) business.

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Tom – which minor prospects have to be added to 40 man roster at the end of the year to avoid Rule 5 draft? Kingman, Garcia, Taillon – yes. Sampson, Belll, Heredia- no? I assume it could affect September callups if guys need to be added to the 40 man?

Of the specific ones you inquired about — Sampson, yes; Bell, no; Heredia, yes. You can easily figure out anyone else through this simple rule: Players who were 18 or younger on June 5 preceding the signing of their first contract must be protected after four minor league seasons. Players 19 and older must be protected after three seasons.

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