Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 1/11/13
The Red Sox didn’t land Adam LaRoche this offseason, but because the Nationals did (at two years, $24 million), it may open up talks for another first baseman — 30-year-old Nats right-handed slugger Mike Morse. Morse, who has been the subject of recent contact between the Sox and the Nats, makes sense Boston, according to Ken Rosenthal. Morse, who became expendable this week when the Nats re-signed LaRoche, is under contract for $6.75 million next season before becoming a free agent. To get Morse, Rosenthall predicts, the Sox would need to part with “young talent and possibly a left-handed reliever.” Morse, who at 6-foot-5, 245 pounds, goes by the nickname “The Beast,” hit .291 with 18 homers and 62 RBIs in 102 games last season. In 2011, he finished 19th in MVP voting after posting a .303 batting average to go with 31 homers, 95 RBIs and a .550 slugging percentage (fourth in the NL) in 146 contests. On the other side of the ball, Morse has started at least 50 career MLB games at left field, right field, first base and shortstop, respectively. Primarily an outfielder last season, Morse started 82 games at first base in 2011, where he notched a .992 fielding percentage.
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