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Michael Morse traded to the Baltimore Orioles

Post by Ryan Divish on Aug. 30, 2013 at 10:47 am with 4 Comments »
August 30, 2013 12:07 pm

After reports from Jon Heyman of CBS Sports and Ken Rosenthal first surfaced, the Mariners confirmed that outfielder/DH Michael Morse has been traded to the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for outfielder Xavier Avery.

Avery, 23, has spent most of the year with Triple A Norfolk, hitting .237 in 81 games with a .312 on-base percentage and .312 slugging percentage. Avery was taken in the second round of the 2008 draft by the Orioles out of Cedar Grove, Georgia. He turned down a football scholarship to Georgia to play baseball.

Avery did play a total 31 major league games in 2012 in two separate stints with the Orioles. He hit .223 with a six doubles, a triple and a homer and six RBI, while stealing six bases. Coming into this season, Avery was rated as the No. 7 prospect in the Orioles organization and considered it’s best athlete. 

Avery will report to Triple A Tacoma and has been added to the 40-man roster

On Wednesday, the Orioles made a waivers claim on Morse ans Twins outfielder Josh Willingham. The Twins were asking too much in return for a trade for Willingham, who had another year left on his contract, and a deal was not reached. The Mariners were not in that position with Morse, who will be a free agent after the season. With the Mariners converting Dustin Ackley to the outfield and the return of Franklin Gutierrez, there was a logjam of outfielders.

Morse was not part of the team’s future. His return to Seattle was by most measures – a failure.

After hitting six home runs in the first nine games of the season, Morse was struck by a pitch on the hand, breaking his pinky finger. He rushed back into the line-up, which was a mistake. After the hand eventually healed, he suffered a severe quad strain that he tried to play through with other injuries forcing players to the disabled list. It never got better. He was eventually placed on the disabled list on June 22 and missed 31 games.

He was activated on June 28, but his bat never got going. Here’s his numbers since his return.

8-30 -Morse returns

Morse was acquired in the offseason from the Washington Nationals in a three-team trade that sent catcher John Jaso to the Oakland A’s.

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  1. westside_guy says:

    A guy hitting .237/.312/.312 in AAA is unlikely to ever make the bigs. I guess that demonstrates what other teams think of Michael Morse right now.

    In any case I am happy Jack Z made the move. The team needs to be prioritizing the playing time of guys who are likely to be here next year and beyond – not the veterans who didn’t actually improve the team.

  2. rightwingrick says:

    I’m stunned Jack Z got that much for Morse. Xavier Avery may have only hit .237/.312 in AAA, but most of the guys in AAA aren’t 22-23, they are 25-26-27…AND most of them weren’t second round draft picks or the best athlete in their organization, either. Good gamble on Zduriencik’s part.

    That being said, we need to pick up a legit “sure thing” young veteran outfielder in free agency this winter….Jacoby Ellsbury and/or Shin-Soo Choo come to mind.

    If Zduriencik does the above and adds a #3 pitcher such as Matt Garza or Tim Lincecum, we might have something going in 2014.

    1B Smoak, 2B Nick Franklin, SS Brad Miller, 3B Kyle Seager, C Zunino, OF Michael Saunders, and pitchers E. Ramirez, Beavan, Maurer, Walker, Hultzen, Paxton, Pryor, Capps are ALL 26 years of age or less (some FAR less)….just coming into prime athletic age for baseball player peak perfomance.

    Things are looking up.

  3. I am aware that Morse has had a poor year, but other than saving Nintendo a few dollars, I don’t see this benefiting the M’s. Looks like we got a bench warmer at best in return.

  4. Quinault says:

    Did everybody forget that Morse’s agent is Scot Boras? There will never be a home team discount and given the year Mike had, he was not going be tendered an offer anyway. This is a clean exit strategy. Since we are going to bring up outfielders from Tacoma next year (like we did this year), having somebody down on the farm is a smart move.

    I hope Morse helps Baltimore make a drive towards the playoffs.

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