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Nats send Morse to Mariners in 3-way deal

Jan. 16, 2013 at 8:35 PM

WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- Washington Nationals outfielder/first baseman Mike Morse Wednesday was traded to the Seattle Mariners in a three-way deal with the Oakland Athletics.

In the trade, the power-hitting Morse -- who has averaged 24.5 home runs and 78.5 RBI over the last two seasons with the Nats -- was sent to the Mariners, the team he broke in with in 2005.

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Seattle, meanwhile, dealt catcher John Jaso to the A's while Oakland sent three prospects to the Nationals, led by 6-foot-4 right-handed pitcher A.J. Cole.

The 30-year-old Morse, who battled injuries last season, batted .303 with 31 home runs, 36 doubles and 95 RBI over 146 games in 2011.

Jaso, 29, compiled a .276 average with 10 homers and 50 RBI for the Mariners last season.

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