Pirates just took out some of the garbage....the new front office said all players were going to be held accountable to their performance no matter whom they may be, I guess they weren't kidding. Morris was worthless since coming over from the Giants and carried an obscene price tag for what he was. So long Matt, I'd say nice knowing you, but that'd be a bold faced lie.
Pirates release Matt Morris
Sunday, April 27, 2008
By Paul Meyer, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The Pirates this morning released Matt Morris and put left-hander Phil Dumatrait in the right-hander's spot in the rotation, meaning Dumatrait will start Thursday in Washington.
Releasing Morris means the Pirates will pay him a little over $10 million, which includes the rest of his salary for this season and a $1 million buyout of his 2009 option.
Right-hander John Van Benschoten joined the Pirates from Class AAA Indianapolis this morning to provide length in the bullpen. It could be that Van Benschoten won't be with the Pirates too long. Left-hander Sean Burnett could be on the way in a couple days.
"It's been kind of a whirlwind morning,'' manager John Russell said. "Matt Morris has been a true professional. He's had a great career. He wanted to help us win, and it just wasn't happening."