With multiple players on their roster who could potentially attract some interest on the trade market, the Seattle Mariners have remained steadfast in telling teams that they have no intentions of breaking up their roster even with the team out of the wild card race. Pundits have suggested that the team might benefit from moving some of their veteran options. It now appears that the team might be a little more willing to listen than previously believed, at least with regards to outfielder/first baseman Mike Morse. Joel Sherman of The New York Post is hearing that the team has made Morse available. He also suggests that there could be some interest by the New York Yankees, as the team had interest when he was dealt to Seattle this past winter, but no discussions have yet to take place.
Morse arrived in Seattle this past offseason in what amounted to a three deal deal with the Washington Nationals and Oakland Athletics, a deal that only cost the Mariners catcher John Jaso (who they’d presumably like to have back at this point). He’s struggled to a .246/.307/.445 line in 231 PA on the year and has missed time with a quad strain. With free agency looming at season’s end, Morse has to be hoping for a strong finish to the season at the plate with his future in mind. A potential move to a contender could ultimately benefit him, as his at bats in Seattle are far from guaranteed.
Teams are looking for an inexpensive offensive upgrade with few options available on the market, particularly ones that won’t come with a hefty price tag. Morse won’t bring a significant return but could cost at least one usable piece as the Mariners continue planning for their future.