Why Would Seattle Mariners Trade For Michael Morse?

By Dan Parzych
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The Seattle Mariners were part of a three-team trade on Wednesday along with the Washington Nationals and Oakland Athletics, as the 2013 regular season is only a few months away. One of the players acquired by the Mariners in the deal was Michael Morse from the Nationals, and only one thought comes to mind with this situation–why would the team trade for a player like Morse?

Morse is scheduled to be a free agent once the 2013 season comes to an end, and the chances of him wanting to stick around Seattle (no offense Mariners) beyond next season seem very slim to none. Plus, Morse’s numbers were down in 2012 compared to the year before, when he batted just .291 to go along with 18 home runs and 62 RBIs–so there’s a risk factor right there for Seattle as well.

It’s understandable for the Mariners wanting to bring in key players to help this team get back to the level of contenders again, but when big trades like this are completed, they should be considering for the future as well. If Morse does end up parting ways with Seattle as soon as the 2013 season comes to an end, the organization will look back at this deal and realize that they should have never made the trade in the first place.

Hopefully, the Mariners realize what they’re doing here because from the looks of the deal–it’s difficult to see this working out for Seattle in the long run.

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