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1B/OF Michael Morse joins Pirates 3 days after being acquired from Dodgers in trade


PITTSBURGH — First baseman/outfielder Michael Morse has joined the Pittsburgh Pirates before their game against the Chicago Cubs, three days after being acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers in a trade.

Outfielder Jaff Decker was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis on Monday.

The Dodgers acquired Morse from the Miami Marlins in a three-player trade Thursday that also involved the Atlanta Braves. Los Angeles immediately designated Morse for assignment then traded him for minor league outfielder Jose Tabata a day later.

The 33-year-old Morse hit just .212 with four home runs and 12 RBIs in 53 games with the Marlins. He signed a two-year, $16 million contract with his hometown team in the offseason after helping the San Francisco Giants to a World Series title last year.

The 25-year-old Decker was 1 for 13 (.077) with a triple in nine games with the Pirates.

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