M's trade for Mike Morse in 3-team deal

SEATTLE -- The Washington Nationals have agreed to send Michael Morse to Seattle as part of a three-team deal that moves catcher John Jaso from the Mariners to the Athletics and pitcher A.J. Cole from Oakland to the Nationals.

The deal was first reported by The Washington Post.

Morse hit .291 with 18 home runs and 62 RBIs for the Nationals in an injury-plagued season, playing mostly as an outfielder.

“With the addition of Mike Morse, along with the other veteran players we have added, we believe this will help us be a more complete offensive team," Mariners' general manager Jack Zduriencik said in a statement announcing the trade. "We wanted to add additional right-handed power and Mike is a major step in that direction."

Jaso, 29, batted .276 with 10 homers and 50 RBIs but became expendable when Seattle signed Raul Ibanez to be its designated hitter, a move that shifts Jesus Montero from a catcher-DH split to primarily behind the plate. The AL West champion A's had Kurt Suzuki as their main catcher last season before trading him to the Nationals.

Cole, a 21-year-old right-hander, was among four players traded by Washington to Oakland in December 2011 for pitcher Gio Gonzalez. Cole was 0-7 with a 7.82 ERA in eight games at Stockton of the California League and 6-3 with a 2.07 ERA at Burlington of the Midwest League, both Class A level.

To open a roster spot, Oakland designated catcher George Kottaras for assignment.