(CBS Seattle) – The Mariners added more power to their lineup Wednesday by acquiring first baseman and designated hitter Kendrys Morales.
Left-handed starter Jason Vargas will be heading to Anaheim in the deal, a move meant to bolster the Angels’ rotation.
Both players are a year away from free agency; Morales is set to earn roughly $4.8 million in the 2013 campaign. Morales, 29, gives the Mariners much-needed pop to a struggling offense — Seattle finished last in the American League in runs scored in 2012. He’s poised to benefit from the recent modifications to Safeco Field that will make the park hitter-friendly.
Morales hit .273 with 22 home runs in the 2012 season after missing the entire 2011 campaign with a leg injury. In 2010, Morales was celebrating a walk-off grand slam (ironically against the Mariners) when he exuberantly leaped onto home plate, lost his balance and broke his leg.
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