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“It’s allowing me to work this offseason for the first time since about two years back,” Morales said through an interpreter. “Following workouts and what I’m doing, I’m feeling no pain, no inflammation. So at this point I would say I feel 100 percent.”

Morales could quickly become the most productive hitter in the Mariners lineup. He would have led Seattle in home runs and been second in RBIs last season and could be even more potent with the Mariners bringing the fences closer in the outfield.

In 34 career games at Safeco Field, Morales is a .292 hitter with a .904 OPS, seven home runs and 23 RBIs.

“I thought it was a situation where we could acquire a middle of the lineup bat, and a switch hitter. And here is a guy who played in this division, here is a guy who knows the American League. I thought that was really good,” Zduriencik said.

Zduriencik said the conversations with Dipoto became serious on Tuesday morning and the deal was wrapped up by midday on Wednesday.

The acquisition of Morales will instantly boost Seattle’s offense but also creates a log-jam of with catcher/designated hitter Jesus Montero and first baseman Justin Smoak. Morales started just 28 games at first base last season, but Zduriencik said they are confident he could play in the field. He’s also hopeful that Montero comes to spring training ready to be the everyday catcher.

“As long as we create competition and as long as we have these pieces in spring training we’ll see what happens,” Zduriencik said. “I don’t have the exact answer. We’ve certainly talked about a lot of scenarios and feel very comfortable that there will be enough at-bats to go around for all these guys but at the end if you’ve added a piece that you think makes your club better, that’s just better.”

Morales and Vargas each are eligible for salary arbitration and can become free agents after next season. Morales made $2,975,000 and Vargas $4.85 million last year.

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AP Sports Writer Ronald Blum contributed to this report.