Mariners acquire outfielder Langerhans
Morse dealt to Nationals for defensive standout
LOS ANGELES -- The banged-up Mariners acquired an outfielder on Sunday that could provide the kind of defensive skills lost in the season-ending knee injury to Endy Chavez nearly two weeks ago.In a trade that has been discussed for the past several days, general manager Jack Zduriencik announced that he had traded Mike Morse to the Nationals for left-handed-hitting outfielder Ryan Langerhans.
With a roster spot opening on Tuesday when third baseman Adrian Beltre goes on the 15-day disabled list, there is a good chance that Langerhans would be added to the 25-man roster and join the team for the series opener against the Yankees.The 29-year-old has spent the entire season at Triple-A Syracuse, where he was hitting .278 with 16 doubles, nine home runs and 40 RBIs in 64 games. "[The] acquisition gives us some Major League experience and a degree of flexibility," Zduriencik said. "He can play all three outfield positions, as well as first base. He adds to the depth in our system." The 6-foot-3, 220-pounder has played in 474 Major League games with the Braves (2002-'07), Athletics ('07) and the Nationals ('07, '08). He has a career batting average of .233 with 24 home runs and 105 RBIs. Langerhans was originally a third-round Draft pick by the Braves in the 1998 First-Year Player Draft. Morse has spent the entire season at Triple-A Tacoma, batting .312 with 10 home runs and 56 RBIs in 66 games. During brief stints with the Mariners, he batted .300 with three home runs and 37 RBIs in 107 games. He was thought to be one of the potential candidates to replace Beltre at third base.
Jim Street is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.