Originally posted on Fangraphs  |  Last updated 1/16/13
When the Nationals acquired Denard Span, it essentially meant they’d have to choose between Adam LaRoche and Michael Morse. When they re-signed LaRoche to a multi-year contract, it essentially meant Morse would have to be traded. One might have thought this would have reduced the Nationals’ negotiating leverage, but a three-team trade on Wednesday saw the Nationals still manage to turn Morse into legitimate value. The overall summary, in case you haven’t seen it: To Seattle, from Washington: Michael Morse To Oakland, from Seattle: John Jaso To Washington, from Oakland: A.J. Cole, Blake Treinen, PTBNL We can tackle this in three sections, and we might as well address the Nationals first. In Morse, the Nationals had a power-hitting pseudo-outfielder with one year left before free agency. He had nowhere to play regularly, so he was available on the market, but he drew enough interest to ultimately bring quality back. Previously, the Nationals explored trading Morse for a big-league reliever.
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