Morales returns to Seattle via trade

Morales returns to Seattle via trade

Seattle Mariners' Kendrys Morales in action against the Texas Rangers in a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013, in Seattle. Photo: KPUG/AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

SEATTLE, Wash. – The Seattle Mariners have acquired first baseman/designated hitter Kendrys Morales from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for right-handed relief pitcher Stephen Pryor. General Manager Jack Zduriencik announced the move today.

Morales is scheduled to report to the Mariners tomorrow at which time a 25-man roster move will be made. A jersey number will be assigned to him tomorrow. Morales was hitting .234 with 1 home run and 18 RBI’s in 39 games with Minnesota.

In 156 games with the Mariners last season Morales led the team in batting average, doubles, RBI’s, multi-hit games and extra-base hits. the 31-year old hit 23 home runs last season establishing a club record for a switch hitter.

Pryor made one appearance for the Mariners this season after opening the season on the disabled list. He appeared in 34 games toal with the Mariners recording a 2.81 ERA with 35 strikeouts.  He was originally selected by the Mariners in the 5th round of the 2010 June Draft out of Tennessee Tech University.

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