(1090 The Fan) – The second Michael Morse era for Seattle Mariners is over.
Seattle sent the outfielder to the Baltimore Orioles for outfielder Xavier Avery, according to the team.
Avery, 23, has spent the 2013 season split between AA Bowie and AAA Norfolk in the Orioles farm system. The left-handed hitting outfielder is 29-for-37 in steal attempts this season, and is batting a combined .259 (118×455) with 70 runs scored. Avery appeared in 32 games for the Orioles last season, batting .223 (21×94) with 6 stolen bases.
Avery was originally selected by Baltimore in the 2nd round (50th overall) in the 2008 June Draft out of Cedar Grove High School in Ellenwood, GA (suburb of Atlanta).
Morse, 31, started the season as one of the hottest bats in baseball blasting eight home runs before May 1st. However, injuries would plague his time with the Mariners — and he would only hit five more home runs as a Mariner this season. In a total of 76 games, he hit .226 with just 27 RBI.
Xavier Avery will be on the Mariners 40-man roster (still at 37) and report to AAA Tacoma for the remainder of the AAA season.
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