The busy Nationals have sent slugger Mike Morse back to whence he came.
Morse returns to the Seattle Mariners, who originally acquired him in 2004 in a deal with the White Sox that also included Miguel Olivo and Jeremy Reed and sent Freddy Garcia to Chicago. When the M’s traded him to Washington, they received Ryan Langerhans in return. Suffice to say, they gave up a bit more to reacquire him.
It was a three-team deal that included the Oakland Athletics, who returned former phenom A.J. Cole to Washington as well as righthanded non-prospect pitcher Blake Treinen and a player to be named later. The Mariners sent catcher John Jaso to the A’s to complete the deal.
Cole was originally drafted by the Nats in 2010 but was shipped to Oakland as part of the package for Gio Gonzalez. He’s a tall, rangy, 21-year-old hard-throwing righthander who struggled with mechanical issues last year but has a fastball that gets into the upper 90s. Baseball America ranked him as the A’s #3 prospect after the 2012 season. His ceiling is similar to that of Zack Wheeler, and considering what he shows right now, his floor is probably Bobby Parnell. In other words, if the Mets wanted to obtain Morse, it likely would have cost Noah Syndegaard or a package that included Jenrry Mejia and/or Jeurys Familia. I provide this for perspective.
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