Orioles acquire Morse from Mariners (O's send Avery to Seattle)

NEW YORK - Executive vice president Dan Duquette acquired the right-handed bat that he's been seeking.

The Orioles completed a trade with the Seattle Mariners today for first baseman/outfielder Michael Morse, according to an industry source. The clubs haven't announced the deal.

The Mariners will receive a minor leaguer in return for Morse, according to the source. Still waiting for more details.

Morse is expected to join the Orioles in New York.

Morse, a free agent after the season, is batting .226/.283/.410 with 13 doubles, 13 homers and 27 RBIs in 76 games. He missed five weeks with a quad injury

Since coming off the disabled list, Morse has posted a 158/.200/.289 line in 80 plate appearances.

The deal was consummated before the 1:30 p.m. deadline.

More to come.

Update: The Orioles have sent outfielder Xavier Avery to the Mariners in exchange for Morse.

Avery was batting .237/.312/.312 with 12 doubles, two triples, two homers and 23 RBIs at Triple-A Norfolk. He comes off the 40-man roster, creating room for Morse.

Avery batted .223/.305/.340 in 32 games with the Orioles last season, with six doubles, one triple, one homer, six RBIs and six steals. He began the 2013 season at Double-A Bowie because of an excess of outfielders at Norfolk.

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