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August 29, 2013 at 1:19 PM

Michael Morse not in lineup, but is here in Houston

Screen Shot 2013-08-29 at 3.10.58 PMMichael Morse is not in the Mariners’ lineup at the moment, which is hardly a surprise since it seems almost certain he will be joining the Baltimore Orioles at some point in the next day or two.

The last thing you want, if you’re the Mariners, is to keep a player around any longer than he has to be if you plan on getting rid of him and the entire universe knows it. So, you don’t put him in the lineup, for starters. Then, you attempt to move him out of the clubhouse as soon as you can, espeically during a losing streak when negative vibes tend to get picked up on.

This isn’t the same as when Kendrys Morales was put on waivers and claimed. The Mariners weren’t sure they were going to get a deal done in that case and wound up keeping Morales in the end.

With Morse, as mentioned, there is no real reason to hold on to him any more. The season is lost, the M’s will almost certainly finish with a worse record than last season, and Morse will not be coming back here after 2013 in any event.

So, even if a deal can’t be worked out, it makes sense for the Mariners to simply let Morse go, collect a few bucks in saved money and open up an outfield spot so that the players who could still be here in 2014 get looked at closely over the final four or five weeks.

Taijuan Walker is here with his new Mariners teammates and was just tossing a football around in the outfield with some of them.

Comments | Topics: michael morse; taijuan walker; jack zduriencik; waivers

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