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Bryan Morris has an extra option year.
Baseball America has a list of players who received the rare fourth option year (h/t Bucs Dugout). We already knew two of the Pirates on the list who had received fourth options: Pedro Alvarez and Andy Oliver. One player who was unexpected was Bryan Morris.
From what I can gather from Baseball America’s description of the rules, Morris wouldn’t have the 2006 season count against him, since he was in a short-season league. The 2007 season also wouldn’t count against him, since he was injured all year. That leaves Morris with five professional seasons. The rules state that if you burn through three options in five years or less, you get a fourth option.
Morris should have been up a lot sooner last year, but the Pirates opted to go with struggling veterans like Chad Qualls and Hisanori Takahashi. He doesn’t have anything left to prove in Triple-A, and while he’s not established in the majors, he’s one of the better options in camp. The Pirates could option him to Triple-A and keep him, but the better move would be having him make the 25-man roster on Opening Day.
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**Evan Chambers broke his foot and will be out for eight weeks. The 2009 third round pick had successful surgery last week, and had his cast removed this week. He has been walking on crutches with a boot the last few days.
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The Pittsburgh Pirates have released the following six players, per a team press release:
Alex Lukashevich, RHP
Porfirio Lopez, LHP
Mike Colla, RHP
Philippe Valiquette, LHP
Martires Cadet, LHP
Wilson Lee, LHP
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Bryan Morris was optioned to Triple-A.
The Pittsburgh Pirates made a few cuts from major league camp this morning. They optioned right-hander Bryan Morris to Triple-A, and reassigned infielders Ivan De Jesus Jr. and Jared Goedert to minor league camp. It was previously believed that Morris was out of options, although earlier this week we learned that he was granted a fourth option...
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