Slugging outfielder/first baseman Michael Morse became expendable the minute the Washington Nationals re-signed Adam LaRoche, and they agreed to trade him on Wednesday.
According to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post, Morse has been dealt as part of a three-team trade to the Seattle Mariners. They're getting Morse, the Nationals are getting pitching prospect A.J. Cole, and the Oakland A's are getting catcher John Jaso. The Nationals are also getting minor league right-hander Blake Treinen and a player to be named later.
Morse and Cole are both going home in this deal, so to speak. Morse first came up with the Mariners in 2005, and Cole was drafted by the Nationals in 2010. He was part of the trade that netted Washington Gio Gonzalez from the A's last year.
As with any big deal in baseball, there are winners and losers of the Morse-to-Seattle trade. Let's discuss.
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