In essence, we gave Michael Morse away for almost nothing and to get him back we had to give up John Jaso. The downside of this is that Morse is scheduled to be a free agent after this season. That, and the Mariners now have a handful of outfielders more suited for playing first base.
Michael Morse originally came to the Mariners in a trade that brought Miguel Olivo and Jeremy Reed to the club and sent Freddy Garcia and Ben Davis to the WhiteSox. If the Mariners can sign Freddy Garcia this off-season the recycle process will be complete.
Morse is a offensive threat and that is what the Mariners are looking for. Is he the answer? Only time will tell.
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Raul Ibanez, Jason Bay, Mike Carp, Kendrys Morales, Justin Smoak and now Mike Morse all fighting for playing time at first. That doesn't even include the issue of Jesus Montero possibly playing there too.
I have no idea what Jack Zduriencik is getting himself into, but it seems as though we are really grasping at straws. Ibanez, Morales, Bay and Morse are all here for just one year and if any of these guys do anything major to help this team, it's a possibility that they don't return. This isn't the way that Jack Z usually works as he likes to sign players that can be under team control for at least 3 years.
I've said it before and now with this deal it has me saying it again. There has to be something else in the works. There is really no explanation for the stockpiling that is going on, so I would have to believe that there is somebody on their way out.
Again, only time will tell. For now, we just have to say goodbye to another player that fans have fallen in love with. John Jaso, best of luck and we'll see you down the road.