"I tell you what -- Russell's a mental giant," said Sherman. "When the ball didn't bounce his way, he didn't go in the tank and say, 'Woe is me.' He stepped up when we needed him most and he won the game for us. I'm not sure people get how great he is. I hope they get it now."
... Could be a pretty decent lineup
Seattle gets yet another OF/1B type player.
they have Michael Saunders, who should be a regular.
they already have Smoak, even if he deserves to lose playing time.
they signed Jason Bay, and I would think want to at lease give him an opportunity.
they signed Raul Ibanez, and maybe he is more of a bench bat, but could be a DH option.
they traded for Kendrys Morales, and he will be a regular.
they also have other options like Mike Carp, Eric Thames, Casper Wells.
Morse just wasn't necessary to acquire.
So essentially the Nats traded Norris, Malone, Morse, and Peacock for Gio.
M's are gonna win 77 games I say
However, you also have to keep in mind that if both Morales and Morse are performing well, the Ms have a couple of options. One, resign one or both players. Two, look to trade them and you can easily get back more value than you initially gave up (Vargas and Jaso). Three, you can hope both players do great and if you don't resign them, take the draft picks.
Bringing in these two guys will provide some protection to the other guys in the lineup and an overall boost in confidence.
Worst case, both players struggle and have down years.
I don't particularly see anything wrong with bringing in a guy who will force others to up their game if they want to make the team.
before this I would have assumed it was Jason at catcher with Montero at DH and others at 1B/OF. now with Jason gone, who is the catcher? Montero? maybe this puts Montero at catcher, with Morales at DH? that could put Smoak at 1B and Morse in the OF, or Morse at 1B is Smoak struggles.
while it does make Seattle better than they were, still no where near contenders with the other teams in the NL West.
AL west, and hey we could actually be above .500 this year with HOUSTON in our division. This move should just give more power to the lineup. Maybe they are gathering these guys to use as trade chips for a deadline deal.
This is the first time in A WHILE that i can actually say the M's offense isnt horrible
but hey they got Jason Bay, he's MONEY.