The Mariners placed Mike Morse on the waiver wire and was claimed by the Baltimore Orioles. The sides had a 48-hour window to come to terms on a trade and they have.
Seattle has received Orioles minor-league outfielder Xavier Avery (23). Avery spent the majority of the season playing at AAA though he does have some experience playing at the major-league level. In his 107 plate appearances with the Orioles, Avery hit one home run and six doubles to go with a .223 BA and .305 OBP. Avery was ranked as the seventh best prospect in the Orioles system.
Mike Morse came to the Mariners in a trade before the season and his second stint with the Mariners ends as a major disappointment, especially after his white-hot start. After only nine games with the Mariners Morse had hit six home runs. But after being hit by a pitch, breaking his pinky finger, Morse wasn’t the same. After coming off the DL, Morse suffered a quad strain. With the Mariners injury issues at the time, he tried playing through it, which was a mistake.
Here are a few reactions from Twitter about the trade.
Mike Morse had 6 HR in Seattle’s first 9 G with a .737 SLG. He has 7 since, with a .220/.281/.359 line in 267 more PA. #arbitraryendpoints
— keithlaw (@keithlaw) August 30, 2013
To be clear, saying Avery isn’t a big leaguer isn’t a knock against the trade. M’s got what Morse is worth – nothing.
— David Cameron (@DCameronFG) August 30, 2013
Mariners now say that Avery will be placed on the 40 man roster. That leaves 3 spots. Walker will take one. Almonte would take another
— Ryan Divish (@RyanDivish) August 30, 2013
Mike Morse had -0.9 WAR this year. Forget about Jaso. That’s all you need to know.
— Scott Weber (@LookoutLanding) August 30, 2013