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Orioles claim Michael Morse off revocable waivers

Aug 29, 2013, 12:16 PM EDT

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Last night we learned that the Orioles were awarded the claim on Twins left fielder Josh Willingham, giving them until Friday to work out a potential deal, and now they’ve claimed another right-handed bat.

Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that the Orioles were awarded the claim on Mariners left fielder Michael Morse, who’s similar to Willingham in that he’s terrible defensively and has good power. One key difference is that Morse is an impending free agent, whereas Willingham is signed for $7 million next season. And generally speaking Morse hasn’t been as good as Willingham, although they’ve both struggled with production and injuries this year.

Obviously the Orioles would like to add another bat for the stretch run and it’s a smart approach to claim multiple, similar hitters to give themselves some options if the demands for one prove too costly. Seattle could always pull back Morse and keep him, like they did with Kendrys Morales, although getting anything they can in return for him would seemingly be the easy call.

  1. skinsfanwill - Aug 29, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    Morse let me down horribly this year. Fences were pulled in and this guy still can’t hit it out. Maybe he needs lasik surgery or something.

  2. historiophiliac - Aug 29, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    Hello, Baltimore, you need pitching. Your offense is okay.

    • paperlions - Aug 29, 2013 at 12:48 PM

      This is 100% true. Unfortunately, there isn’t much available…and that which was available was generally way over-priced. Nolasco was the steal of the pre-deadline deals. Peavy has been solid. Garza has been horrible.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 29, 2013 at 1:56 PM

        I love it when you tell me I’m right.

      • paperlions - Aug 29, 2013 at 1:57 PM

        Just don’t get used to it.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 29, 2013 at 1:58 PM

        You know you like it.

      • paperlions - Aug 29, 2013 at 1:58 PM

        I do. I wish you were right more often.

      • paperlions - Aug 29, 2013 at 1:59 PM

        Haha…I crack myself up.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 29, 2013 at 2:04 PM

        Pbblt.

    • eatitfanboy - Aug 29, 2013 at 1:53 PM

      Hello, Baltimore? I’ll give you Phil Hughes straight up for a bucket of Double Bubble.

      • timsizzle83 - Aug 29, 2013 at 3:59 PM

        Nah we’ll pass.

      • joeflaccosunibrow - Aug 29, 2013 at 4:28 PM

        That double bubble is worth WAY more than that! Maybe some original flavor licorice.

  3. Marc - Aug 29, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    The claims also block the Rays from acquiring a right handed DH/LF type hitter that they covet, see Young, Delmon.

  4. shawnuel - Aug 29, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    Morse was RIDICULOUS in the spring and in all of April. Then he got hurt and hasn’t been the same. Re: Willingham. A healthy Morse is Willingham’s equal in power, I would say but he doesn’t take pitches and Willingham does. Also, Josh’s ineptitude in the OF doesn’t touch Morse’s.

    • tsaling2013 - Aug 29, 2013 at 5:01 PM

      Not true. Morse was RIDICULOUS for roughly the first 10 games of the season – it’s all been downhill from there. Month by month splits are easy to find… go check his April stats if you don’t believe me. His 2013 OPS through April 30 was just .799 – after the first 10 games (when his OPS was in the ionosphere) his performance tanked pretty quickly.

      He also has a history of injury/DL issues – so him being injured for a good chunk of this season shouldn’t exactly have caught anyone unaware.

      Spring training stats are meaningless. Look up Munenori Kawasaki’s 2012 for example. And see what Jason Bay did this spring as well. Pitchers are doing things like throwing 20 changeups in a row, or focusing on their curve – they’re trying to get ready for the regular season.

  5. provguard - Aug 29, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    Maybe it was just a block?

  6. fearthehoody - Aug 29, 2013 at 11:01 PM

    Im ready to stop blaming FA Busts and Prospects who fail to hit. Maybe it is the coaching in Seattle? Why can no one hit in Seattle???

  7. krazytrane - Aug 30, 2013 at 1:44 AM

    I hope the Twins don’t swap Willingham for a bag of bats. With all the youth and left handed bats, need a veteran right hander to grow the team.

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