By Jason Shetler
Pitchers A.J. Morris and Blake Wood have decided to become free agents, this according to Baseball America’s transactions page.
Morris at one point was a legitimate pitching prospect in the Washington Nationals system prior to being traded in 2011 to the Chicago Cubs in a deal involving former Pirate Tom Gorzelanny. In December of 2013, the Pirates claimed Morris off waivers from the Cubs, and spent 2014 pitching for AA Altoona and AAA Indianapolis. The Pirates brought back Morris on a minor league deal last offseason. In 84.2 innings pitched this year for Indianapolis, he posted a 2.44 ERA along with a 1.16 WHIP.
Wood also inked a minor league deal with the Pirates prior to this year. The 30-year-old right-hander pitched the entire 2015 season with Indianapolis as their primary closer. Wood put up a 3.53 ERA with a WHIP of 1.31, a 10.7 K/9 and converted 29 saves, which were most in the International League.