Orioles complete trade for Morse

Orioles complete trade for Morse
August 30, 2013, 2:00 pm
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Michael Morse is officially heading back to the area. The Baltimore Orioles have completed a trade with the Seattle Mariners to acquire the 31 year old slugger off waivers, bringing him on board just in time for the final month of the season.

The Orioles will look to Morse to provide some offensive punch, likely in the designated hitter role. Through 76 games this season he is hitting .226 with 13 home runs and 27 RBI. The O's have seen the third least amount of hits out of their DH spot among American League teams this year.

Morse's season has been a disappointment in Seattle, as he's missed much of the year due to various injuries. He was traded to the Mariners by the Nationals in the offseason and will be a free agent after this year.

Before this season, Morse flashed the ability to hit both for power and average. In 2012 he batted .291 with 18 home runs and 62 RBI in 102 games. In 2011 he hit .303 with 31 homers and 95 RBI in 146 games, compiling a .910 OPS. 

The Orioles claimed Morse off waivers on Thursday and completed the trade Friday afternoon. CBS Sports first reported the move.