Orioles acquire OF Michael Morse from Mariners

Orioles land OF Michael Morse in trade with Mariners

8/30/13 in MLB   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

The Baltimore Orioles are in a good position to make a run at the playoffs (3.5 games back of a wild card spot), but they felt another roster move would give them a better shot at playing in October. Their lineup contains mostly left-handed batters, so a move for a right-handed hitter could give them more versatility. The Orioles claimed Seattle Mariners right-handed outfielder Michael Morse off waivers on Thursday, and completed a trade for him on Friday.

The trade will send Morse to Baltimore in return for outfielder Xavier Avery, a 23-year-old who has batted .223 over 32 games with the Orioles this season. He has batted .259 with 70 runs scored and 29 stolen bases in 120 games across the Double-A and Triple-A levels this year.

Aug 4, 2013; Baltimore, MD, USA; Seattle Mariners right fielder Michael Morse (38) doubles in the second inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY SportsMorse has been a disappointment in Seattle in 2013, batting just .226 with 13 home runs. Over the previous three seasons, however, Morse broke out, batting .296 over that span with 64 home runs and 198 RBI in 346 games (all with the Washington Nationals). His best season was in 2011 when he registered a .303 average with 31 home runs and 95 RBI. The Orioles are hoping that he can somewhat reclaim that form and give them a right-handed bat in their lineup that will make life more difficult for opposing managers.

With Adam Jones, Nate McLouth, and Nick Markakis already manning the outfield, Morse will likely serve as a designated hitter in Baltimore..

The Orioles also put in a waiver claim on Minnesota Twins outfielder Josh Willingham (also a right-handed hitter), but the asking price was reportedly "way too high," and the team decided to go for the better bargain by acquiring Morse.
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8/30/13   |   Jess   |   34372 respect

At the beginning of the season this might have bummed me out, but I'm okay with it now. Hope he does well in Baltimore. Now...the Mariners BETTER work out a deal with Morales or I'm gonna be ticked.

8/30/13   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

That picture is definitely a swing and a miss.