The Orioles have made it known that they are looking for a bat, signaled by their claim of Twins outfielder Josh Willingham.
Today, they claimed another outfielder of a similar mold. Baltimore claimed Seattle Mariners outfielder Michael Morse off of waivers according to a report from Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.
#orioles win claim on mike morse— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) August 29, 2013
Morse, like Willingham, is not good defensively and has very good power. Unlike Willingham however, Morse is not signed after this season (Willingham has a $7M salary for next season). While Morse has not been as good as Willingham this year, both are having down seasons due to injury. So far this season, Morse is hitting .226 with 13 home runs, 27 RBI and a .283 OBP.
The 31-year outfielder former Washington National was traded to the Mariners in a three team deal that sent catcher John Jaso to Oakland and landed Washington minor leaguers A.J. Cole, Blake Treinen and reliver Ian Krol.
Baltimore GM Dan Duquette has been looking to add another bat to the lineup for the stretch playoff run and has been extremely active on the waiver market.
The Mariners now have until Friday to work out a deal with the Orioles or pull Morse off of waivers.