Orioles Rent Michael Morse From Mariners For Xavier Avery

Orioles Rent Michael Morse From Mariners For Xavier Avery


Orioles acquire Michael MorseIt’s official. Michael Morse is the newest member of the Baltimore Orioles. Dan Duquette sent outfield prospect Xavier Avery for a month of Morse in hopes of returning to the postseason.

Morse is making $6.75 million this season and Steve Adams of MLBTradeRumors.com reports that he is owed $1.1 million on that contract. He has hit just .226/.283/.410 in 76 games this season and missed five weeks with a quad strain. Baltimore’s offense has really struggled against left handed pitching, hitting just .247/.293/.405 against southpaws this season. Morse is a career .293/.349/.495 hitter against lefties.

In return, Seattle gets Baltimore’s number ten prospect according to MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo and seventh according to Baseball America. Avery hit just .237/.312/.312 in 333 plate appearances in the International League with Triple-A Norfolk this season. He began the season having hit .300/.391/.406 with Double-A Bowie in the Eastern League.

In a matter of months both outfielders of the future, Avery and L.J. Hoes, have been dealt by the O’s. Hoes helped bring starter Bud Norris, who isn’t a free agent until 2016, to Baltimore.

The price seems steep for a guy who will play for only a month in Baltimore, but if it gets the O’s back to the postseason it won’t matter.