Breaking Down the 3 Most Likely Trade Scenarios for Kendrys Morales

Chris Stephens@@chris_stephens6Correspondent IIAugust 26, 2013

SEATTLE, WA - JULY 10:  Kendrys Morales #8 of the Seattle Mariners breaks his bat on a groundout in the sixth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Safeco Field on July 10, 2013 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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Kendrys Morales has been claimed on waivers by some unknown team, according to Fox Sports' Jon Paul Morosi. 

The Seattle Mariners have had a disappointing season to say the least. After acquiring Morales and Michael Morse during the offseason, some thought they would do better in the standings.

However, it's been anything but that for the Mariners as they currently sit at 59-70.

Morales is a free agent after this season, and the Mariners have to decide if they could get more in a trade for him now or if they give him a qualifying offer in the offseason to where they get a draft pick if he doesn't re-sign.

So, what team claimed Morales?

I have a guess at a few teams it might be:



Baltimore Orioles


CBS Sports' Jon Heyman thinks Morales would help the Orioles if they claimed him.

It's likely that Morales would hold down the DH position for the Orioles as Chris Davis is firmly implanted at first.

What Morales would do, however, is give the Orioles another big bat in the middle of the lineup and could possibly give Davis a rest every once in a while in the field.

Throw Morales' 17 home runs in the middle of the lineup and you have five players who have at least that many home runs.

The Orioles are currently two games out in the AL Wild Card, which is likely their best hope to make the playoffs. They still have 16 games against teams ahead of them in the standings (Rays, Indians and Red Sox), and seven games left with the Yankees, who are directly behind them.

Morales would no doubt be a boost to he lineup and that key piece to get the Orioles over the top.

As far as what the Orioles would have to give up, my guess is that the market is calling for the same thing the Rangers gave up in return for Alex Rios.

According to ESPN, Rios was acquired for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

I don't see Baltimore giving up one of their top 15 prospects, but a young arm in the lower minor-league levels could be what it takes.



Pittsburgh Pirates


Pittsburgh is another team that could use Morales, but he would have to play the field since the Pirates are in the National League.

Garrett Jones could be moved to the outfield permanently, creating a spot for Morales at first base.

In 2013, Pirates' first basemen are batting .253 with 15 home runs and 61 RBI. Those aren't bad numbers, but Morales' are just a little bit better.

Like the Orioles, I don't expect the Pirates to give up a top prospect in return. 

Pittsburgh is stocked full of pitchers in the minor leagues and could part with a low-level prospect in return for Morales.



Texas Rangers


The Rangers are on here because you never know what they're going to do.

Sure, they already made a deal for Rios, but they could still use help at DH where Jurickson Profar is batting .239 with four home runs and 21 RBI.

Texas still has a powerful lineup regardless, but adding Morales would make them a serious World Series contender.

The two things holding the Rangers back from possibly doing a deal with the Mariners is the fact they're in the same division and the Rangers really don't have much in terms of prospects to give up.

They could get creative like they did with the Rios trade, but is another team really going to fall for that?


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