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Pirates acquire Hunter Morris in trade with Brewers

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The Pirates have announced that they've acquired first baseman Hunter Morris from the Brewers for a player to be named later.

The Brewers outrighted Morris in January, so the Pirates won't have to add him to their 40-man roster. The 26-year-old hit .279/.323/.448 with Triple-A Nashville last season, roughly in line with the numbers he's posted throughout his minor-league career. He essentially replaces Chris McGuiness, who was Indianapolis' left-handed first baseman last year. Like McGuiness, he's a lefty and his hitting is fine for the Triple-A level but a bit light for a prospect. (Unlike McGuiness was, he's not on the roster, which is a bonus.) The Bucs already have a prospect (Josh Bell) at first base in the high minors (EDIT: Stetson Allie isn't really a first baseman anymore, duh), and Morris will likely mostly provide depth, giving way to Bell as needed.