O`s add Morse in waiver deal with Mariners

3 years ago

NEW YORK -- Needing a boost for the stretch run, the Orioles -- who had been aggressively pursuing another bat -- acquired Michael Morse from the Mariners in a waiver trade on Friday afternoon that sent outfielder Xavier Avery to Seattle.

"We just need a little bit more punch in our lineup and, hopefully, Mike will be able to add that to the team," executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said of the right-handed-hitting Morse, who is expected to fill Baltimore`s designated-hitter role. "He`s had some good offensive numbers over the course of his career. He`s a big, physical guy who is athletic and has experience in the postseason."

The O`s, who are fresh off Thursday`s 3-2 win over the Red Sox at Fenway Park, are hoping Morse can rebound from a disappointing campaign. The 31-year-old started the season well in his return to the Mariners -- the team he debuted with in 2005 -- but a broken finger and a strained hamstring set him off track. In just 76 games for Seattle, Morse posted a .226/.283/.410 slash line, including 13 homers.

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