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.