(1090 The Fan) – The Mariners have pretty much eliminated their “excess catcher” problem and added some power too.

According to The Washington Post, The Nationals have sent slugger Mike Morse, to Seattle as part of a three-team deal that also involves the Oakland Athletics.

In order to snag the 30-year-old Morse, the M’s sent John Jaso to Oakland; The A’s sent right-hander A.J. Cole to Washington and will also fork over a player to be named later and a good prospect, according to Amanda Comak of the Washington Times.

Morse, who played for the Mariners between 2005 and 2008, is coming off three-straight years of double-digit home run numbers, including a 2011 campaign in which he knocked 31 out of the park accompanied by 95 RBIs.

“We set out this winter to add offense to our club,” Zduriencik said in a release issued by the team. “With the addition of Mike Morse, along with the other veteran players we have added, we believe this will help us be a more complete offensive team. We wanted to add additional right-handed power and Mike is a major step in that direction. We are looking forward to having him join our club and compete with the other members on our roster in spring training.”

In 2011, Morse received 19 MVP votes.

-Chris Coyle, 1090 The Fan

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