Seattle Mariners trade rumors have a John Jaso trade for Michael Morse taking place. According to a report on Wednesday (Jan. 16), this is part of a three-team trade that involves the Mariners, Washington Nationals, and Oakland Athletics.
The Nationals received right-handed pitcher A.J. Cole and minor league player Blake Treinen, the Athletics get Jaso, and the Mariners receive Morse. This will be the second time that Morse has played in Seattle, with the first stint resulting in the front office trading him away for Ryan Langerhans.
The trade for Morse gives the Mariners even more depth in the outfield; something that the team will have to address before the regular season begins. This is the third outfielder that the Mariners have either signed or traded for this offseason and with no players being cut or traded away from the current outfield, there are probably more moves coming on the horizon.
This Michael Morse trade likely puts him at first base, a corner outfield slot, or designated hitter for the Mariners in the 2013 season. Those are packed positions for the team, as they also just traded for Kendrys Morales to either play first base or DH as well. Then there is Justin Smoak, who was the primary first baseman for the team last season and the recently signed Raul Ibanez in the mix.
Expect these to not be the last Seattle Mariners trade rumors, as the team has to do something to clear up some of the 40-man roster and figure out which of the outfielders from last season are going to return for 2013.
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