Three-Way Trade Brings Michael Morse Back to Mariners
The Mariners acquired Michael Morse from the Nationals in a three-way deal that sent catcher John Jaso to the A's.
The Oakland A's traded right-handed pitching prospects A.J. Cole and Blake Treinen, as well as a player to be named, to Washington to complete the deal.
Morse, 30, returns to the Mariners after 3 1/2 seasons with the Nationals.
Zduriencik said the move brings needed right-handed punch, with Morse's versatility allowing him to help at either corner outfield spot, first base or designated hitter.
"One thing we've seen here is a lack of raw, flat power. In adding Mike, we got a guy who has big-time power," Zduriencik said
Morse hit .298 and averaged 24.5 home runs and 78.5 RBIs the last two years despite missing the first 50 games last season with a back injury.
He can also play first base, though he made 92 of his 101 starts in the outfield last season and the other nine at DH.
The Mariners view Jaso as a part-time player because of his inability to hit left-handers, and they felt Morse gave them a nice combination with Morales in the middle of the lineup.
Seattle now will be in the market to add another backstop with the departure of Jaso, leaving Montero as the only catcher in the roster.
Kelly Schopach, Yorvit Torrealba and Ronny Paulino are among the free-agent catchers still available.
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