A lot of Pirates fans weren't very high on Bryan Morris during the offseason. Many were saying that he should be the odd man out of the bullpen as there were 3 very effective pitchers last year (Jeanmar Gomez, Bryan Morris, and Vin Mazzarro) all without options and only with 2 open spots. Clint and Neal saw a lot of movement in Bryan's pitching in Spring Training and decided to send him north and have Vin sent packing. Surprisingly, Vin didn't get picked up off waivers and has 3 days to accept an assignment to AAA. This shocked a lot of people, but clearly Neal Huntington has a plan and is executing it very well.
It's great that the Pirates were able to keep the depth in bullpen arms, but has Bryan been succesful at the major leagues last year? Well in only 7 games in the young season, Bryan has pitched in 3 innings with 2Ks, 0 walks, and allowed only 2 hits without surrendering a run. In two of his three appearances, he's finished the games with a 1-0 record. I'd say the last piece of the 2008 Jason Bay trade is providing quite a bit of value to the Pirates young early success. Let's hope he can keep it up.
The 2013 Select sticker auto numbered 25/750 was grabbed for $1.04 off ebay. Not a bad price for a quality middle relief guy.