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Orioles add righty power, get Michael Morse from Mariners

Aug 30, 2013, 1:46 PM EDT

Michael Morse AP

Baltimore wasn’t able to come to an agreement with Minnesota for Josh Willingham, but the Orioles have added a right-handed power hitter in acquiring Michael Morse from Seattle for Triple-A outfielder Xavier Avery.

Morse, unlike Willingham, is an impending free agent, so the Mariners were perfectly willing to let him go following a very disappointing season. He got off to a big start in April, but Morse is batting just .214 with four homers and a .613 OPS in his last 50 games and also missed five weeks with a quadriceps injury.

When he’s playing well Morse provides very good power from the right side, but he’s a brutal defensive outfielder and has a measly .305 on-base percentage with an ugly 177/36 K/BB ratio in 178 games since the beginning of last season. Of course, the Orioles will probably use him mostly at designated hitter, where his defense wouldn’t be an issue, and their DHs have hit a combined .217 with a .672 OPS this season.

Avery is a speedy, light-hitting 23-year-old who projects as a backup outfielder, so for a cheap one-month pickup Morse makes some sense for Baltimore.

  1. baseballici0us - Aug 30, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    This is huge for both Orioles and Morse! Love it!

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  2. NatsLady - Aug 30, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    Mikey still has a lot of fans in DC. O’s attendance will pick up. 😉

  3. carefreejt - Aug 30, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    a month late.

    • joeflaccosunibrow - Aug 30, 2013 at 5:23 PM

      I agree. I love my birds, but there is too much competition this year. Last year the Red Sox games were automatic wins. This year not so much. Here’s to picking up some pitching depth in the off season.

  4. denny65 - Aug 30, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    Good riddance. Morse was a drag on a team that already had all its anchors out.

  5. jdillydawg - Aug 30, 2013 at 7:25 PM

    I had high hopes for Morse when he started this year with the M’s too. Maybe he’ll start hot with the O’s and redeem himself a bit. He’s a likeable guy.

  6. mp1113 - Aug 30, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    We need pitching not hitting.

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