MLB Trade Talk: Seattle Mariners Make Good Move in Trading for Michael Morse
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The deal also included the Oakland Athletics, who receive former M's catcher John Jaso, while the Washington Nationals acquired pitching prospect A.J. Cole.
From the Mariners' perspective, moving John Jaso for Michael Morse is a terrific move, especially considering the fact that the Mariners have young gun Jesus Montero ready to take over behind the plate.
Morse's versatility gives the Mariners plenty of options to work with as well.
If Justin Smoak proves in spring training that his newfound success at the end of the 2012 season was no fluke and that his revamped swing will help him achieve the level of play that has been expected of him, the M's can play Morse in the outfield.
If Smoak struggles, though, the Mariners still have the option to send him to Triple-A and use Morse at first base.
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Morse should also fit into the Mariners' long-term plans.
If he can continue to post a batting average over .285 and is willing to re-sign with the Mariners, there could be a spot for him in the outfield for the next few seasons.
With Kendrys Morales on a one-year deal, Montero should be able to shift over to DH as soon as super-prospect Mike Zunino is ready to make the jump to the major leagues (which could be very soon, by the looks of his first professional season).
If things between Morse and the Mariners don't work out, it's not too much of a burden for Seattle. Morse is only signed for this season, earning a modest $6.75 million. The loss of Jaso wouldn't be an unbearable loss either, with Montero and Zunino being the future behind the plate for Seattle.
In the end, trading for Michael Morse is a low-risk proposition that could really help Seattle going forward.
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