Michael Morse Position: Outfielder Height, weight: 6-5, 245. Bats/throws: Right/right. Age: 31. The deal: Came to Mariners from Washington...

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Michael Morse

Position: Outfielder

Height, weight: 6-5, 245.

Bats/throws: Right/right.

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Age: 31.

The deal: Came to Mariners from Washington Nationals in three-team deal that sent catcher John Jaso to Oakland.

2013 role: Morse will be the Mariners’ right fielder and will hit third or fourth. He could also play left field and has played first base.

By the numbers: Morse established himself in 2011, hitting .303 with 31 home runs and 95 RBI for the Nationals.

Scouting report: Morse was given an opportunity and became a legit middle-of-the order hitter for the Nationals after the Mariners traded him in 2009 for Ryan Langerhans.

Kendrys Morales

Position: First base, designated hitter.

Height, weight: 6-1, 225.

Bats/throws: Both/right.

Age: 29.

The deal: Came to the Mariners from the Angels in December trade for starting pitcher Jason Vargas.

2013 role: Morales will be in the middle of the Mariners’ lineup, as the designated hitter or first baseman.

By the numbers: Morales hit .306 with 34 home runs and 108 RBI for the Angels in 2009 and was on his way to a similar season in 2010 when he fractured his ankle in a home-plate celebration after hitting a grand slam against the Mariners.

Scouting report: Morales missed most of the 2010 season and all of 2011 after his injury and says he wasn’t at full strength heading into the 2012 season. He is now.

Raul Ibanez

Position: Outfielder, designated hitter.

Height, weight: 6-2, 225.

Bats/throws: Left/right.

Age: 40.

The deal: Signed with the Mariners as a free agent after playing last season for the Yankees.

2013 role: Ibanez, a veteran presence, will get at-bats as a corner outfielder and designated hitter.

By the numbers: Ibanez hit 19 home runs for the Yankees last season, and 20 for the Phillies the year before that. His batting average has fallen in recent years, .240 last season, .245 in 2011.

Scouting report: Ibanez proved this spring he’s still a capable power hitter. He’s here for that bat and the veteran leadership he’ll provide. He’ll be spotted in the lineup against right-handers and won’t play every day, so he won’t see many lefties.

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