Trade Reaction: Morris to the Pirates

Guest blogger J.P. Maxwell emailed me today with his take on the Pirates trading for starting pitcher Matt Morris.

I watched an interview with Cards GM Walt Jocketty before Tuesday night’s game with the Pirates.  My intention was to find out why the Cards didn’t do more at the deadline and I was also curious about why the Cards didn’t get in on Matt Morris.  I understand why the Cards let him walk way a couple of years ago, but I thought the Cards could have sent a mid-level prospect to the Giants plus had the Giants “eat” about half of Morris salary to make the deal work.  I know Morris hasn’t been great in about the last month and a half, but I think Morris returning to the Cardinals would have been a boost that he needed to return to his old form.  Well as it turns out, Jocketty said the Cardinals were in on Morris till the last minute and were actually the front runners till the Pirates jumped in and offered to pay the remainder of Morris’ contract.  I don’t know what the specifics of the deal would have been for Morris to return, but now all we can do is wonder.

Cardinal and Pirates fans out there, what do you think?

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