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Mike Morse headed to Tacoma, Lugo sent back to the Twins

As expected, Mike Morse did not make the 25-man roster. However, somewhat surprisingly he cleared waivers and was then outrighted to Triple A Tacoma, meaning he'll join Jeff Clement on the Rainiers. Not a bad squad shaping up for the Rainiers.

Because he's been outrighted, Morse is off the 40-man roster and considered a minor league player.

I'm a little surprised that Morse cleared waivers because of his versatility and his offensive potential, but really he didn't hit enough or play enough infield this spring to draw enough interest. It's too bad because I really thought he had made a major step forward last spring. But the fluke shoulder injury really kind of messed it all up.

Rule 5 selection Jose Lugo, a left-handed reliever, did not make the 25-man roster and was returned to the Minnesota Twins.

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jack Zduriencik announced today that the team has outrighted INF/OF Mike Morse to Triple-A Tacoma and returned Rule 5 selection LHP Jose Lugo to the Minnesota Twins.

These transactions leave the Mariners 40-man roster at 37 players. The Mariners now have 35 players in Major League spring training, including LHP Cesar Jimenez (15-day DL) and LHP Ryan Feierabend (60-day DL).

Morse, 27, batted .275 (14x51) with three doubles, one home run and seven RBI in 22 Cactus League games. Morse has appeared in 107 games with the Mariners over the last four seasons, batting .300 (90x300) with three home runs and 37 RBI. He spent nearly the entire 2008 season on the disabled list after having left shoulder reconstruction surgery.

Lugo, 24 (turns 25 April 10), appeared in 11 spring games, going 1-0 with a 2.45 ERA (2 ER, 7.1 IP). He was acquired by Seattle from Kansas City for cash considerations on Dec. 11, 2008. He was selected earlier that day by the Royals in the Major League phase of the Rule 5 draft from the Minnesota Twins.

Per MLB rules, players chosen in the Major League portion of the Rule 5 Draft must remain in the Major Leagues for the entire 2009 season. If the ML team wishes to option a player back to the minors, the club must first offer him back to his original team for $25,000 (half of the $50,000 claiming fee).