(1090 The Fan) – Talent and potential seem to really thin out once you get past Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma in the Mariner’s starting rotation. Joe Saunders, Brandon Maurer have been too inconsistent and Aaron Harang is still struggling (for the most part).

Fortunately the season is young enough where things could turn around in a matter of a couple weeks. Or, you could argue that it’s early enough in the 2013 campaign for the Mariners to make a trade that isn’t necessarily a buy or a sell.

Seattle has a lot of offensive players on its roster with contracts set to expire at the end of the season, including the “big,” veteran bats: Michael Morse, Raul Ibanez and Kendrys Morales.

Thomas Holmes of the Bleacher Report makes the case that Morales could be a way for the Mariners to land a consistent starter. Holmes says if there’s “a contender looking to add to an already solid lineup, Morales could be the perfect complementary piece.”

Could Morales be a an extra bat for the Baltimore Orioles? The O’s have surged to the top of the always competitive AL East, a spot also shared by the Boston Red Sox. Baltimore’s DH Nolan Reimold is below the Mendoza Line 93 at-bats into the season with just 9 RBIs.

Holmes adds that general manager Jack Zduriencik is more inclined to see what he can get for Morales rather than risk seeing him leave Seattle as a free agent this winter.

See what other Mariners might garner a good return in Holmes’ article: Seattle Mariners: Breaking Down M’s Best Trade Bait

-Chris Coyle, 1090 The Fan

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