There is a problem for any American League team that intends to acquire Nationals left fielder Mike Morse and use him often as a designated hitter.
Morse strongly opposes being a DH, according to major-league sources.
The issue, sources say, will carry weight for some AL clubs. Morse is "not a very gifted defender" and would better fit certain teams as a DH, according to one rival executive who leans heavily on advanced metrics.
Trades sometimes turn on such details.
And Morse, 30, is likely to be traded now that the Nationals have reached agreement with free-agent first baseman Adam LaRoche on a two-year, $24 million contract.
Jayson Werth, Denard Span and Bryce Harper will be the Nationals' outfielders. Morse, who would have replaced LaRoche at first, is without a starting role.
Teams value Morse's right-handed power; his OPS in the past four seasons is .857. But his lack of durability is a concern for some -- he has appeared in more than 102 games in a season only once in h...