May 24, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners right fielder Michael Morse (38) hits a single against the Texas Rangers during the 3rd inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

MLB trade rumors 2013: Texas Rangers interested in Seattle Mariners Michael Morse, Kendrys Morales

Clearly, the Texas Rangers are quite concerned about the future of both Lance Berkman (injury) and Nelson Cruz (potential PED suspension) and have exchanged trade scenarios with a handful of teams.

Looking for a power hitter, the Rangers have started to dig within their own division and have apparently held conversations with the Seattle Mariners about sluggers Michael Morse and Kendrys Morales.

Per ESPN’s Jayson Stark:

Their targets have included Alex Rios of the White Sox, Hunter Pence of the Giants, Kendrys Morales and Michael Morse of the Mariners, Justin Ruggiano of the Marlins, and others. Because Texas would prefer to acquire an outfielder, third baseman Young is considered mostly a back-burner possibility.

While we’ve been made overly aware of the Rangers’ interest in Pence and Rios, the mention of Morales and Morse is newer.

It’s unlikely Seattle would be all that interested in assisting a division rival, but barring a complete collapse from both Texas and Oakland there is little hope for the postseason in the greater Northwest.

Both Morse and Morales are in the final year of their deals and are nearing the end of their arbitration, making both potential trade candidates.

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