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Mariners trade for Kendrys Morales

In the search for offensive help, the Mariners decided to bring back someone who has actually had some hitting success at Safeco Field.

On Thursday afternoon, the team reacquired designated hitter Kendrys Morales in a trade with the Minnesota Twins, sending minor-league reliever Stephen Pryor in exchange.

Morales is expected to join the Mariners on Friday.

After sitting out the first 2 1/2 months of the season, Morales signed a one-year, $5 million free agent contract with the Twins. In 39 games, he was hitting .234 with 11 doubles, a homer and 18 RBI. He has posted just a .584 slugging percentage. The weak numbers are mildly expected because of Morales' truncated season and lack of spring training.

Over his past 13 games, he does have 14 hits, including six doubles.

Last season Morales was one of the Mariners' best hitters, batting .277 with 34 doubles, 23 homers and 80 RBI. The Mariners tried to keep him in the organization, first offering a three-year, $30 million contract extension and then later exercising the one-year, $14.1 million qualifying offer, which he and his agent Scott Boras both turned down.

Pryor made just one appearance for Seattle this season as temporary fill-in for the bullpen. In 24 games with Class AAA Tacoma, he's posted a 2-1 record with a 4.65 earned-run average. He underwent surgery last season to repair a torn right latissmus dorsi muscle. His return to his pre-surgery form has been gradual and incomplete. Pryor's fastball has been consistently in the 92-94 mph range this season, not the 96-98 mph before the injury.

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