Pirates acquire first baseman Morris from Brewers

Pirates acquire first baseman Morris from Brewers

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Pirates acquired first baseman Hunter Morris from the Brewers on Thursday in exchange for a player to be named.

Morris, 26, spent most of last year with Triple-A Nashville, where he hit .279/.323/.448 with 11 home runs and 42 RBIs in 91 games.

A fourth-round Draft pick in 2010, Morris was once viewed as the Brewers' first baseman of the future. He was named the Southern League Most Valuable Player in 2012, when he hit .303/.357/.563 with 28 homers and a league-leading 113 RBIs for Double-A Huntsville.

However, Morris struggled in Spring Training in 2013 (3-for-26) and '14 (3-for-18), suffered a broken right arm last year and fell off the Brewers' 40-man roster this offseason.

"He's been an offensive player in the past. Had some challenges the last couple years with health," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. "There's offensive upside. He's a capable defender. I think he adds to our depth in Triple-A to man that position."

In five Minor League seasons, Morris has put together a .272/.321/.478 line with 92 homers and 344 RBIs. He went 3-for-13 in nine Cactus League games this spring.

Hurdle said the trade for Morris is unrelated to any of the Bucs' final roster decisions. However, if Andrew Lambo makes the Opening Day club, Morris -- who is not on the Bucs' 40-man roster -- could be the everyday first baseman for Triple-A Indianapolis.

Adam Berry is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @adamdberry. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.