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Mariners Trade for Kendrys Morales

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 07:54:00 +0000

Ed Zurga/Getty Images(SEATTLE) -- Kendrys Morales is headed back to Seattle.

The Minnesota Twins traded the switch-hitting Morales to the Seattle Mariners Thursday in exchange for relief pitcher Stephen Pryor.

Morales played for the Mariners in 2013 hitting .277, 23 home runs and 80 RBIs.

"He's a professional hitter," Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said. "He gives us the opportunity to stretch out our lineup, so to speak. He's a nice fit, switch-hitter, hitting behind Robbie (Cano).

"He gives us options, what we want to do with (Kyle) Seager, where we want to hit him. I like it."

Morales was a free agent last offseason and he rejected a $14.1 million qualifying offer from Seattle.

"We had a lot of dialogue over the winter that just didn't work out," Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said. "We're in position now where wanted to add a bat. That was no secret. When the opportunity arose, we moved forward with it. He's a player we like and a player who is familiar with us. He'll be welcomed with open arms."

The 31-year-old Morales has played eight major league seasons. During that time he's compiled a .277 batting average, with 103 home runs and 363 RBIs.

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