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Orioles acquire Michael Morse from Mariners — can he have some of what Chris Davis is having?

Mike Oz
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If there are some kind of magical beans that the Baltimore Orioles fed Chris Davis to change him from an underachieving slugger into one of the most feared hitters in baseball, it's time to order up some for Michael Morse.

Morse was dealt from the Seattle Mariners on Friday to the Baltimore Orioles. In Seattle this season, he hit 13 homers with a disappointing 27 RBIs and .226 batting average. The O's are essentially hoping that the Michael Morse who obliterated baseballs in 2011 — 31 homers and 95 RBIs with a .303 average — can show up and give them a power boost in the DH spot the final month of the season.

If Morse doesn't pan out? Well, the Orioles only gave up minor league outfielder Xavier Avery, a career .259 in six minor-league seasons. It's another move from the Orioles that proves they're going after it this season. They're 3 1/2 games back in the AL Wild Card race.

The O's were busy at the trade deadline, and are busy now, as contenders do last-minute scurrying to shore up their rosters before Saturday's waiver trade deadline. The Morse deal follows a morning in which the Indians acquired Jason Kubel and the Cardinals got John Axford.

Morse is a towering 6-foot-5 outfielder by trade who had that one monster season with the Washington Nationals. He didn't show the same power in 2012, but he still hit .291. This year, however, his production took a nose dive — 226/.283/.410.

Morse wears the same "disappointment" label that Chris Davis did when the Orioles acquired him. Their scenarios are different — Morse, for instance, is four years older — and just because Davis found his groove that doesn't mean Morse will.

But the Orioles can, and will, hope.

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