Topic: michael morse; jack zduriencik; john jaso; trade
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August 30, 2013 at 10:57 AM
ADDITIONAL NOTE 12:55 p.m.: The Mariners have officially added Taijuan Walker to their 40-man roster, as well as Class AAA outfielder Abraham Almonte, who joins the team in Houston tonight. Almonte fills one of the team’s six outfield spots vacated by Michael Morse.
Michael Morse clearly had no future left in Seattle and now will get to try to build one with the Baltimore Orioles. Morse was traded to Baltimore today for Class AAA left fielder Xavier Avery, 23, a former second-round pick from 2008 who played a handful of games with the Orioles last season. The Orioles had claimed Morse off revocable waivers yesterday, giving the teams 48 hours to work out a deal.
Avery was hitting .237 with a .624 OPS in AAA but has some speed and can also play center.
The Mariners, as we know, have outfield depth issues at all three positions. At first glance, Avery doesn’t seem destined to fill those holes by any great stretch. This seems a lot like the Eric Thames acquisition last summer, minus the power potential.
But in the end, a living, breathing body was about all the Mariners were going to get for Morse. That and saving the remaining $1 million or so in salary still owed him.
The thought process that went into acquiring Morse, for the rather cheap price of backup catcher John Jaso, was a good one. But the results just were not there to be found.