Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 1/16/13
The Washington Nationals, Seattle Mariners and Oakland A's were involved in a three-team trade that sent outfielder Michael Morse to the Mariners and brought pitching prospect A.J. Cole to the Nationals, the Mariners confirmed Wednesday. The Mariners also sent catcher John Jaso to the A's, and the Woshington Post reported the Nationals also received 24-year-old minor leaguer Blake Treinen and a player to be named later from the A's. Morse, 30, hit .291 with 18 homers for Washington in 2012 after hitting .303 with 31 homers in 2011. He is scheduled to become a free agent after the 2013 season. “We set out this winter to add offense to our club,” Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said in a statement released by the team. “With the addition of Mike Morse, along with the other veteran players we have added, we believe this will help us be a more complete offensive team. We wanted to add additional right-handed power and Mike is a major step in that direction. We are looking forward to having him join our club and compete with the other members on our roster in spring training.” Jaso, 29, hit .276 with 10 home runs last season for Seattle. Cole, 21, went 0-7 with a 7.82 ERA at high Single-A Stockton last season, but he went 6-3 with a 2.07 ERA with low Single A Burlington the rest of the season.
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