Outfielder Michael Morse has been traded to the Baltimore Orioles, according to reports. In exchange, Baltimore will be sending minor league outfielder Xavier Avery for Morse, as they refuse to let go of their playoff push in the American League East.
Morse is hitting .226/.283/.410 this season and has 13 HR and 31 RBI in 79 games for the Mariners. In August thus far, Morse is hitting .179 with 2 HR and 7 RBI. He can hit to all fields, with averages of .253, .333, and .377 when he pulls, hits it to center, and goes opposite field, respectively. He provides pop from the right side, can play all three outfield positions, and can play as a DH.
The Orioles have been in search of a DH, taking a look at Morse, Josh Willingham, and others. They just acquired Morse to fill the void, who has played very well in his career with the Nationals, but has had a down year in Seattle this year. He has played well outside of pitcher-friendly Safeco Field, where he is hitting .239 with 8 HR and 19 RBI.
The Orioles have done a great job filling the void in DH, which was a huge whole they needed to fill in order to stay competitive in the tough American League East. The O's will get Morse, a very good ballplayer, for the rest of the season. He has played well in the past, but is currently having a tough time this season. Maybe a change of scenery will be able to fix up Morse, who is now playing in a