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Postby Element » Wed Jan 16, 2013 9:03 pm

Mariners Acquire Morse In Three-Team Deal With Nationals, A's
By Mark Polishuk [January 16 at 5:55pm CST]
The Mariners, Nationals and Athletics have combined on a three-team trade that will send Michael Morse to the Mariners, John Jaso to the A's and a three-player package to the Nationals that includes minor league right-handers A.J. Cole, Blake Treinen and a player to be named from the Athletics.

The Mariners have been searching for hitters all winter long and now add Morse, who has hit 64 homers over the last three seasons and posted a .291/.321/.470 line in 430 PAs for Washington in 2012. It's a bit of a homecoming for Morse, who spent the first four years of his career in Seattle before being swapped to the Nats for Ryan Langerhans. The right-handed hitter could see time in either corner outfield spot or at first base, possibly sharing time with Justin Smoak and other newly-acquired veteran bats as Raul Ibanez and Jason Bay. Jaso's departure also clears the way for Jesus Montero to catch everyday, and the M's also have top prospect Mike Zunino waiting in the wings.

Morse has been a strong trade commodity ever since the Nationals re-signed Adam LaRoche. At least five or six teams had shown interest in Morse, with the Yankees, Rays and Red Sox among those linked to the first baseman/outfielder. Morse turns 31 in March and is scheduled to hit free agency next winter.

Cole is on his way back to the Nationals organization after being dealt to the A's last winter as part of the trade package for Gio Gonzalez. Cole, 21, was drafted by the Nats in the fourth round of the 2010 draft and was rated as the 57th-best prospect in the game by Baseball America prior to the season. In 27 starts for two of Oakland's A-ball affiliates, Cole posted a 3.70 ERA, 133 strikeouts and 29 walks over 133 2/3 innings, though the major bulk of that success took place at low A-ball.

Treinen, 24, was the Athletics' seventh-round pick in the 2011 draft. The righty has a 4.13 ERA, 8.7 K/9, 2.1 BB/9 and 10.1 H/9 in 133 innings over two pro seasons and made 15 starts last year.

The left-handed hitting Jaso enjoyed a breakout season in 2012, hitting .276/.394/.456 in 361 PAs, the large majority of which came against right-handed pitching. He will likely step right in as Oakland's regular catcher against righties, with the right-handed hitting Derek Norris in line for at-bats against southpaws. Jaso, 29, is arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter and is under Oakland's control through the 2015 season.

Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post first reported the trade and the major teams and players involved. Earlier this evening, Jon Morosi and Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reported that the M's were close to acquiring Morse. Morosi, Amanda Comak of the Washington Times and the Nationals' Twitter feed also added more details about the package going back to Washington.


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Re: Mariners Acquire Morse

Postby americanleagueroto » Wed Jan 16, 2013 11:52 pm

As a Mariner fan I am interested to see what the next move will be.

Sign a catcher is an obvious. Is there another trade in the works to clear out our jam of corner players? We'll see.

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Re: Mariners Acquire Morse

Postby Izenhart » Thu Jan 17, 2013 12:12 am

americanleagueroto wrote:As a Mariner fan I am interested to see what the next move will be.

Sign a catcher is an obvious. Is there another trade in the works to clear out our jam of corner players? We'll see.

Dave ;-D


Maybe Montero becomes a full time C
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Re: Mariners Acquire Morse

Postby americanleagueroto » Thu Jan 17, 2013 12:20 am

Izenhart wrote:
americanleagueroto wrote:As a Mariner fan I am interested to see what the next move will be.

Sign a catcher is an obvious. Is there another trade in the works to clear out our jam of corner players? We'll see.

Dave ;-D


Maybe Montero becomes a full time C


He is going to catch a lot, that's for sure. For what it's worth, he hit much better when catching as compared to dh'ing.
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Re: Mariners Acquire Morse

Postby GiantsFan14 » Thu Jan 17, 2013 1:10 am

This is a dumb trade for the Mariners.
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Re: Mariners Acquire Morse

Postby americanleagueroto » Thu Jan 17, 2013 1:25 am

GiantsFan14 wrote:This is a dumb trade for the Mariners.


Seems to be the popular opinion.

Depends on how you look at it I suppose.

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Re: Mariners Acquire Morse

Postby AussieDodger » Thu Jan 17, 2013 1:25 am

GiantsFan14 wrote:This is a dumb trade for the Mariners.


And the A's.

Trade our 3rd best prospect for a guy who only plays half seasons. :-C

At least we didn't trade Jaso for a iron-gloved windmill. :-b
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Re: Mariners Acquire Morse

Postby AussieDodger » Thu Jan 17, 2013 1:51 am

Haha omg

Jack Z:

"We've added to what we think could be a pretty good middle of the lineup there with Michael, Kendrys Morales, and Raul [Ibanez] and Jason Bay."


and Jason Bay
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Re: Mariners Acquire Morse

Postby SpecialFNK » Thu Jan 17, 2013 10:16 am

I don't understand this trade.
Seattle acquires yet another player for positions they already have players.
maybe Smoak deserves to lose playing time, but I think he could/should get another shot.
they traded for Morales, for 1B or DH.
they signed Ibanez and Bay. even if both of them are not regulars, they could be if given a chance.
plus they have Mike Carp, Casper Wells, Eric Thames. now they're nothing special, but are worth starting to see what they can offer.
it's not like Morse was a missing piece to put Seattle over the top, they're still likely the 4th best team in the division.
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Re: Mariners Acquire Morse

Postby Ender » Thu Jan 17, 2013 10:23 am

Yep. Seattle is a mess and Jack Z is looking like a pretty awful GM so far.
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