Mariners Acquire Slugger Michael Morse From Nationals

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Mitchell Layton/Getty Image(SEATTLE) —  The Seattle Mariners have acquired slugger Michael Morse from the Washington Nationals in a three-team trade that also moved catcher John Jaso from Seattle to the Oakland Athletics.

In exchange for Morse, the Nationals reacquired pitching prospect A.J. Cole, who was dealt from Washington to Oakland last year in the trade for pitcher Gio Gonzalez.  The Nats also got minor leaguer Blake Treinen and a player to be named later.

Morse batted .291 with 18 home runs and 62 RBIs last year as a corner outfielder for the NL East champions.  He previously spent 2005-08 with the Mariners.

“I’m just glad this whole thing has unfolded the way it has,” Morse said on a conference call, noting he was aware he might be traded by Washington.

Morse became expendable when the Nationals traded for center fielder Denard Span earlier this offseason. They are set at the corner outfielder spots with Bryce Harper and Jayson Werth.

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