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Search for righty bat continues without Morse

Last week, it was reported that the Yankees and Nationals were going to have discussions about a possible Mike Morse trade, as the outfielder became available when the Nats resigned Adam LaRoche. Whether or not the two clubs had any talks doesn’t matter now, as Morse has been traded to the Seattle Mariners in a three-team deal.

First reported by FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, Morse will go to Seattle in exchange for right-handed pitching prospects A.J. Cole and Blake Treinen. John Jaso and a player to be named later are going to Oakland.

Morse represented the coveted power right-handed bat the Yankees need to balance out their lefty-laiden outfield. Now, they will probably turn their attention to Scott Hairston, who is said to be looking for a two-year deal. The Mets were the frontrunners but have since moved on after they balked at Hairston’s demand of two-years $8 million.

The Yankees are not currently involved, but that could change now that Morse is gone and Spring Training is four weeks away. Justin Upton and Curtis Granderson have been linked as possible trade pieces, but any deal would be really expensive for the Yanks prospect-wise.