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Kendrys Morales has hit .292 with seven home runs and 23 RBIs in 34 career games at Safeco Field. (AP)

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General manager Jack Zduriencik joins "The Kevin Calabro Show" to explain why the Mariners traded starting pitcher Jason Vargas for first baseman/designated hitter Kendrys Morales.

The Mariners have made a trade to add what they hope will be an impact bat, acquiring first baseman/designated hitter Kendrys Morales from the Angels in exchange for starting pitcher Jason Vargas.

The club made the announcement Wednesday.

Morales, 29, has spent his entire career with the Angels, hitting .281 with 79 home runs and 265 RBIs in six seasons.

Vargas, 29, was a solid starter during his four seasons with the Mariners, going 36-42 with a 4.09 ERA in 110 starts. He led the Mariners in wins last season with 14.

"We have been focused on adding offense this off-season, and feel that Kendrys will be a middle-of-the-order bat for us. He's a switch-hitter with power who has played, and hit, in the AL West," general manager Zduriencik said in a press release.

"He's familiar with the teams and parks and is a proven run-producer. We hate to part with Jason, and really appreciate everything he's done for us, but we are in a situation where we had to give up talent to acquire talent."

Morales hit a career-high 34 home runs in 2009, finishing fifth in American League MVP voting that season. The following season, he infamously broke his leg while celebrating a walkoff grand slam against the Mariners, forcing him to miss the rest of that season and all of 2011.

Morales hit .273 with 22 home runs and 73 RBIs in 134 games last season.

"Kendrys gives us a veteran presence and a proven, middle-of-the-order bat, with power from both sides of the plate," manager Eric Wedge said in the press release. "Adding him to our line-up immediately makes us a better offensive club."

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Zduriencik discusses what Morales brings to the Mariners

Wednesday, Dec 19, 2012

General manager Jack Zduriencik joins "The Kevin Calabro Show" to explain why the Mariners traded starting pitcher Jason Vargas for first baseman/designated hitter Kendrys Morales.
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