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June 28, 2009 at 12:24 PM

Bulletin: Mike Morse traded for outfielder Ryan Langerhans

Jack Zduriencik just announced that the Mariners have acquired outfielder Ryan Langerhans from the Nationals for Mike Morse. Langerhans, a left-handed hitter, plays all three outfield positions as well as first base. Though Langerhans characterized it as a minor-league trade, all indications are that Langerhans will be joining the Mariners Tuesday in New York.
“This gives us a degree of flexibility,” Zduriencik said. “We thought it was important to add another guy like this.”
The 6-foot-3, 220-pound Langerhans, 29, was hitting .278 (57×205) with 16 doubles, 9 home runs and 40 RBI in 64 games for Class AAA Syracuse.
Langerhans has appeared in the majors in parts of the past seven seasons with Atlanta (2002-2007), Oakland (2007) and Washington (2007-08), playing a total of 474 games. He is a career .233 hitter with 50 doubles, 10 triples, 24 home runs and 105 RBI in his big league career.
Originally a third-round draft pick by the Braves in 1998, he came to the Nationals from Oakland in a trade for former Mariner Chris Snelling.
Morse was hitting .312 for Tacoma with 10 homers and 52 RBI in 66 games. Acquired in the Freddy Garcia trade in 2004, he hit .300 in 107 games for Seattle, but he faded out of their plans last year after dislocating his shoulder five games into the season and undergoing season-ending surgery. Morse, 27, had made the team and earned a platoon job in right with a .491 average in spring.

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