(1090 The Fan) — Kendrys Morales is returning to the Seattle Mariners.
The team announced it acquired the 31-year-old 1B/DH in a trade with the Minnesota Twins. Seattle is sending pitcher Stephen Pryor to complete the deal.
Morales will join the Mariners tomorrow, according to team officials.
Morales returns to the Mariners after a brief stint with the Twins. After signing as a free agent with Minnesota on June 8, Morales has appeared in 39 games and is batting .234 with 11 doubles, one home run and 18 RBI.
In 156 games with the Mariners last season Morales led the team in batting average (.277), hits (167), doubles (34), RBI (80), multi-hit games (46) and extra-base hits (57). The 23 home runs established a club record for a switch hitter. In 79 games at Safeco Field he hit .282 (85×301) with 21 doubles, 12 home runs and 41 RBI.
The Cuban native is a career .277 hitter (658×2376) with 141 doubles, 103 home runs and 363 RBI in 659 games with the Angels (2006-2012), Mariners (2013) and Twins (2014).
Pryor, 25, made one appearance for the Mariners this season after opening the season on the disabled list (surgery to repair right latissimus dorsi muscle). He appeared in 34 games with the Mariners from 2012-2014, recording a 2.81 ERA with 35 strikeouts (9.8 K/9.0 IP). He was originally selected by the Mariners in the 5th round of the 2010 June Draft out of Tennessee Tech University.
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