World Series star Michael Morse designated by Pirates

The 34-year-old Morse has a .276 lifetime batting average and 104 home runs in 12 seasons.

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PITTSBURGH (AP) – Michael Morse was designated for assignment by the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday, less than two years after he drove in the winning run for the San Francisco Giants in Game 7 of the 2014 World Series.

The Pirates dropped Morse, who was 0 for 8 in six games, to open a spot on the 40-man roster for right-hander AJ Schugel, whose contract was selected from Triple-A Indianapolis.

The Dodgers are paying $2.93 million of Morse’s $8-million salary as part of the trade that sent him from Los Angeles to the Pirates last July 31. If Morse clears waivers and signs a major league contract with another club, a prorated share of the $507,500 minimum would be offset against what Pirates owe.

The 34-year-old Morse has a .276 lifetime batting average and 104 home runs in 12 seasons.

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