Orioles land OF Michael Morse in trade with Mariners
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.
Morse 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.