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Mariners officially announce trade for Mike Morse

Post by Ryan Divish on Jan. 16, 2013 at 4:55 pm with 11 Comments »
January 16, 2013 9:06 pm
AP photo
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Big thanks to Darrin for getting the blog up earlier while I was channeling my inner Steve Nash and didn’t know about the move.

The Mariners made the trade official a few minutes ago.

“We set out this winter to add offense to our club,” GM Jack Zduriencik said in a press release. “With the addition of Mike Morse, along with the other veteran players we have added, we believe this will help us be a more complete offensive team. We wanted to add additional right-handed power and Mike is a major step in that direction. We are looking forward to having him join our club and compete with the other members on our roster in spring training.”

While Jaso has a great approach and was a solid hitter for the Mariners last season, Morse brings a level of power that Jaso simply doesn’t possess. Obviously, the Mariners will need to bring in another catcher. There are several available, including veteran Kelly Shoppach, Rod Barajas and Yorvit Torrealba.

The Mariners also seem to have a glut of first base/DH types. Morse can technically play left field. But as I’ve always said, the roster will probably take on many different forms by the time spring training rolls around.

Morse, 30 (turns 31 March 22), hit .291 (118×406) with 17 doubles, 18 home runs and 62 RBI in 102 games with the Washington Nationals last season. Over the last three seasons with the Nationals, Morse has combined to bat .296 (353×1194) with 64 home runs and 198 RBI in 346 games. He had a breakout season in 2011 batting .303 (158×522) with 36 doubles, 31 home runs and 95 RBI in a career-high 146 games.

A versatile player who began his professional career as a shortstop, Morse has started games at six different positions during his Major League career with the Mariners and Nationals (LF – 134 G/117 GS, RF – 124 G/109 GS, 1B – 123 G/94 GS, 3B – 9 G/2 GS, SS – 57 G/50 GS, DH – 21 GS). Last season he made 102 starts for the Nationals, including 58 in left field, 35 in right field and 9 as the DH.

Morse is no stranger to the Mariners organization, breaking into the big leagues in a Seattle uniform from 2005-2008. In 107 games with the Mariners, he combined to bat .300 (90×300). He was traded to the Nationals in exchange for OF Ryan Langerhans on June 28, 2009. He was originally selected by Chicago (AL) in the 3rd round of the 2000 June draft, and traded to Seattle on June 27, 2004 along with Miguel Olivo (c) and Jeremy Reed (of) in exchange for Freddy Garcia (rhp) and Ben Davis (c).


Jaso, 29, appeared in 108 games with the Mariners last season, making 83 starts (DH – 44, C – 39). He was named the Mariners Unsung Hero by the Seattle Chapter of the BBWAA after batting .276 (81×294) with 19 doubles, 10 home runs and 50 RBI. Jaso was acquired from Tampa Bay on Nov. 27, 2011 in exchange for Josh Lueke (rhp).

Leave a comment Comments → 11
  1. I know a lot of Mariners fans aren’t sure about this trade, but know this- we Nationals fans love Michael Morse, and you will, too. I hope he gives you full value in return, because he is one of my favorite players ever, and I wish him well.


  2. bbnate420 says:

    Is this a wrap on the Upton deal or will they try to get Upton to waive his clause?

  3. bbnate420 says:

    You forgot to mention Miguel Olivo, Ryan. Come on, you have to admit that he’s a solid receiver behind the plate. ;-)

    I’d go with Shoppach of the catchers still available. Pretty decent hitter and better than average defensively.

  4. westside_guy says:

    Oh what a stupid move. Giving up three years of Jaso for one year of a guy who plays defense almost as well as a garden gnome could, and in a year we’re not going to contend. Fabulous.

  5. fansince1983 says:

    I like this trade over the Upton estate sale! The veterens we sign and/or traded for will each have the potential to give us 20 homeruns a piece and a more consistant batting average(Bay is our only question mark). If he comes back, he could hit the 20 mark as well. What does this do? The opposing pitchers are going to have to pick which batter they want to pitch around. Last year, most hitters batted around .200 (not much reason to pitch around them). So this is a good thing and I like the way this team is being put together.

  6. I don’t like losing Jaso, but if healthy I like Morse a lot & also like that we gave up no prospects.

    I assume & hope that Smoak is history. Hope Z can get something for him.

  7. bbnate420 says:

    Jaso was never going to be here for 3 years. Zunino will most likely be up by 2014 at the latest, and they have Montero. No room for Jaso.

  8. bbnate420 says:

    I think they should still sign Bourn as well if they can get him for 5 years or less, preferably 3-4, for 12 mil or less per season. Guti is too much of a risk. Even if he stays healthy in 2013, his contract year, that would be troubling to me. Guti and Bourn are practically the same age. Both are great defensively. Bourn steals more bases and Guti has more power. Guti’s 7+ mil will be coming off the books after 2013 to offset a large chunk of Bourn’s salary. And they can still consider resigning Guti if he has a good/healthy 2013. They don’t have any proven/long term answers in the OF right now. I don’t count Saunders because he’s only done it one year. Every one else out there is signed for one year, 40 years old, or someone that should be in AAA.

  9. Maybe it’s a plot to trade for Ryan Langerhans all over again!

    But seriously, the OF does worry me. I’ve always hoped Mike Wilson would catch on with the club, but he just hasn’t been able to. Really not sure who’s down in the farm system that’s decent, that isn’t several years away from being ready for the big leagues.

  10. bbnate420 says:

    JZombie, no one. Unless Peguero is going to finally have it click that he doesn’t have to swing as hard as he can every time.

  11. Never been big on Peguero, to be honest. Seems like we’ve gone through a ton of players like him in the OF. Good power, but subpar contact and high strikeout rates.

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