In Seattle Mariners news, a Michael Morse trade might be in the near future. The team is reportedly one of three franchises working hard to acquire his services. On Tuesday (Jan. 8), it was reported that the New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays are the other two active pursuers.
Morse has played very well for the Washington Nationals and in 2011 he hit 31 home runs while posting 95 RBIs. Those are great numbers and certainly not what the front office in Seattle expected from him when they traded Morse a few years back. That deal for Ryan Langerhans didn't exactly work out in the best interest of the Mariners.
Now Morse is 30 years old and ready to play first base or a corner outfield position. Some Mariners fans might be frustrated that Morse succeeded so much outside of Seattle, but if he came back and put up great offensive numbers, it would certainly make everyone happy again. Morse looks like he should be able to do just that, which is why at least 10 teams have reportedly wanted him this offseason.
This isn't groundbreaking Seattle Mariners news, but at least the front office is still working hard to bring a good offensive player to Safeco Field. He would fit nicely at first base if the plan is to trade away Justin Smoak, but he has also played a lot of right field and left field over the past three seasons. He could easily step into one of those positions for the Mariners as well.
A Michael Morse trade doesn't appear to be imminent, but there is a lot of buzz about the interest Seattle has in him. The problem that isn't being mentioned enough, though, is that the Mariners already have several players that play better defense at the positions Morse could take over.
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