The Mariners continue to upgrade their offense, adding slugger Mike Morse in a three-way trade with the Washington Nationals and Oakland A’s.
The Mariners send catcher John Jaso to the A’s, who traded right-handed pitching prospect A.J. Cole to the Nationals.
Morse, as you might remember, was traded by the Mariners to the Nationals in 2009. He was a man without a position in Seattle, but blossomed with the Nationals while playing first base and left field.
Last season, Morse hit .291 with 18 homers and 62 RBI in 102 games. His best year was 2010 when hit compiled this line – .303-31-95. Over the past three seasons, Morse compiled an .861 OPS and 64 home runs. Morse turns 31 on March 22.
Morse has one year remaining on his contract and will make $6.75 million this season. He became expendable after the Nats resigned first baseman Adam LaRoche and acquired outfielder Denard Span from the Twins in November.
Jaso, 28, had his best season of his three-year career last season with the Mariners. In his first year in Seattle, Jaso – who came to the team in a trade with the Tampa Bay Rays – hit .276-10-50 in 108 games.
Cole is an interesting story. He was traded by the Nats to the A’s last winter as part of the teams’ Gio Gonzalez trade. Drafted by the Nats in 2010, Cole, a 6-foot-4 right-hander, went 0-7 with a 7.82 ERA when Oakland started him at high-A Stockton. After a demotion to low-A, Cole improved and went 6-3 with a 2.07 ERA the rest of the season.