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Conditions under which the Mariners should re-sign Mike Morse

Though many will likely never get over the regrettable trade that brought him here in the first place, I believe there is a role for Mike Morse on next year’s team. Morse was excited to come back to Seattle, and his value has likely cratered after this stinker of a season, so it seems the situation is likely favorable for resigning him. And if they can resign him for about half what they paid Raul last year and use him in the role Raul was expected to be used in, though obviously from the side with the fewer PAs, that’s exactly what I think they should do.

This team is light on both outfielders and right handed bats already, and Morse is the most potent right handed bat on the team, as sorry as that sounds. The only real outfielder returning is Michael Saunders, and I don’t see him becoming league average next year. I think he’s reached his ceiling and though a slightly below average cost controlled fulltime player isn’t a bad thing, a slightly below average cost controlled platoon player is probably a better thing in this instance. I can see Saunders and Morse splitting time at one of the outfield corners, with Saunders available as a defensive sub and Morse available as a pinch-hitter and sometimes DH as providing above average value from two limited pieces.

Now the only way for this plan to work is to ensure that whoever the manager is doesn’t think it’s a good idea to trot Morse out there every day the way that Raul was this year. In order to do that, the other two outfield spots must be filled with above average players like Jacoby Ellsbury or Giancarlo Stanton. Assuming part of the plan is signing or trading for players of this caliber, then bringing back Morse on a cheap contract with a limited role is a good idea. If someone else wants to throw a lot of money at him and promise him a starting role, then of course, you just let it go. But after this year, the demand for him in that kind of role is likely small.

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