Originally posted on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 1/19/13
The Mariners need to add depth at catcher The Mariners traded catcher and fan favorite John Jaso to Oakland in a three team trade to receive 1B/OF Michael Morse. This is a trade the Mariners needed to make, in spite of his popularity; Jaso was a valuable pinch hitter/platoon player. If Michael Morse can return to 2011 form, then Seattle received an every day 1B/OF that will add power and good average (against lefties and righties), which is a trade worth making. So what do the Mariners do now? In seems irrational to entrust 162 games behind the plate to Jesus Montero, that also sounds like a terrible choice for his development as a player without injuries. Mike Zunino, the Mariners first round pick last summer, is going to be an option for the 25-man roster, but that would not be a wise move for the team. Two months seems like a long time, but simply waiting until June (as the Mariners did with Ackley two summers ago) will extend his contract under team control another year. If Zun...
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