Michael Morse Provides Much-Needed Power in His Return to Seattle Mariners

By Gareth McBride
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For the Seattle Mariners, the return of outfielder Michael Morse is a chance for the team to undo one of their past mistakes. s

The team originally acquired Morse as part of a deal for Freddy Garcia. Although not the centerpiece of the deal, Morse was considered an above-verage infielder who could provide a solid and dependable bat for the team. Although he showed flashes he was never given a steady chance to play and some say his disclosure of steroid use to heal any injury did not win him any favors with the Mariners brass. Following a spectacular spring Morse injured himself early in the season and soon found himself out of the Mariners plans and traded to the Washington Nationals for Ryan Langerhans.

Morse flourished in the National League and developed into a bona fide power hitter, something that the Mariners sadly needed in recent years.  The return of Morse to the Mariners after Justin Upton vetoed a trade to the team was welcome news to the player as well as many fans.  Morse has fond memories of his time with the team and welcomed a return to the Pacific Northwest.

This bodes well for both team and player as Morse could be agreeable to signing a contract extension that would not bust the bank.  This provides stability and production for a team loaded with young prospects who is eager to contend while allowing young players to develop. After leading the Cactus League in home runs, Morse went deep twice in the team’s second game and was the spark plug for the team’s offense.  The ability to change a game on one swing of the bat is something that the team had been looking for as they look to take the pressure off their young and developing players.

As the season develops the Mariners will likely engage the possibility of signing Morse to an extension or should the team fall out of contention, can trade him to a contending team in need of right-handed power same way they will likely do the same with switch hitter Kendry Morales.

While there’s certainly a lot of baseball to go the 2-0 start for the Mariners has many fans in the Northwest believing that the team might be much better than previously expected. Few question the pitching or defensive capabilities of the team the biggest question would be could they generate enough runs to support their outstanding pitching.

While this question is still to be answered Morse is definitely going to be a central part of the team’s offense in 2013 and perhaps years to come.

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