Wednesday, January 16, 2013

League News: 3 team deal brings Morse to Seattle

It has been reported that the A's, Mariners, and Nationals just completed a three team deal to bring Michael Morse to Seattle.  Here's what everyone gained and lost

        Gains- Michael Morse 
        Loses- John Jaso

        Gains- John Jaso
        Loses- A.J. Cole, Blake Treinen, player to be named later
        Gains- A.J. Cole, Blake Treinen, player to be named later
        Loses- Michael Morse

My thoughts:
Curious to see Oakland give A.J. Cole back to the Nationals.  Maybe saw something that they didn't like in him?  That, or the Nationals still liked him and wanted him back.  

The Nationals really had no place to put Morse, and I was curious to see if they would really get much for him.  He has great power, but does not walk well, strikes out a lot, has steroid history, and has some injury history.  There is some risk but also some reward.  They got some good prospects for him, and considering that he has no place in their lineup, they got a good deal

The A's also got a good hitting catcher with three years of control.  Good trade for them, considering the fact that they didn't give too much up.  I'd like to see what he could do with a full season in Oakland.  

The Mariners also made a good trade, considering the fact that they already have two great  young catchers in Mike Zunino and Jesus Montero. The only knock on them is that they definitely could have gotten a lot more for Jaso.  He is a very patient hitter with a .850 OPS, and 3 years of team control. 

The Mariners are probably the 'losers' of this trade, but I'm glad they didn't give up any of their star pitching prospects, because I'm sure the Nationals asked.

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