Dodgers trade Michael Morse to Pirates for Jose Tabata

Friday July 31st, 2015

The Los Angeles Dodgers have traded first baseman Michael Morse and cash to the Pittsburgh Pirates for outfielder Jose Tabata.

The Pirates confirmed the deal Friday evening, according to Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The trade was initially reported earlier in the day by's Jon Heyman.

Morse was designated for assignment by the Dodgers on Thursday after being acquired from the Miami Marlins in a 13-player trade.

The 33-year-old Morse is hitting .213 with four home runs and 12 RBIs this season.

Tabata, 26, is hitting .289 with four RBIs and a .341 on-base percentage in 27 games. He spent time at Triple A this season and was previously designated for assignment by Pittsburgh in June before heading back to the minors.

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The move came before the league's trade deadline at 4 p.m. ET on Friday.

The Dodgers are currently in first place by a half-game in the NL West, while the Pirates are atop the NL Wild Card race.

- Molly Geary

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