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Michael Morse only played in 102 games last season, but he soon may find himself one of the hottest trade targets on the market this offseason. Now that the Washington Nationals have signed Adam LaRoche to a two-year deal, Morse finds himself without a regular spot to play in the 2013 season. This means, the Nationals may shop him.
The source of this rumor, and the belief that Morse's value is increasing comes directly from Nats' GM Mike Rizzo. In an article by Dan Kolko of MASN, Rizzo said the team is exploring its options with Morse, but feels his value is going to increase.
"His value is only increasing in the industry as free agents sign," Rizzo said. "Mike's an everyday, middle-of-the-order hitter. We see him that way. I think the industry sees him that way. I think financially, we don't have to move him. We would move him in the right deal."
Morse has proven himself to be a power threat and can play both first base and the outfield. He could be a highly-valued commodity in this power-hungry league. Morse is still arbitration-eligible for the 2013 season and won't become a free agent until 2014. This gives the Nationals some flexibility on what they want to do with him. If the right deal comes along, they could trade him now, or they could wait for the July trade deadline.
Despite the injuries Morse suffered in 2012 (lat injury at the start of the season), he was still a productive hitter. Last season, Morse hit .291/.321/.470 with 18 home runs. He hit .303/.360/.550 with 31 home runs in his breakout 2011 campaign.
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Adam LaRoche agrees to two-year, $24 Million deal with Nationals.
"It’s good to have it done, it really is." (Adam LaRoche, via Washington Post, 7/8/2012)
Michael Morse would beg to differ:
Indeed, Michael Morse has been reduced to trade-bait. He'll be missed.
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Adam LaRoche tested the open market, but it doesn’t appear he’s going anywhere.
According to Adam Kilgore of The Washington Post, the Nationals have agreed to terms on a two-year deal with LaRoche, who spent the last two seasons in the nation’s capital.
LaRoche had a solid 2012 campaign, jacking 33 home runs and driving in 100, which was enough to earn him a Silver Slugger...
Well, it looks like one of the big boppers left on the market, Adam LaRoche, has gone ahead and re-signed with the Washington Nationals.
From Nats Insider: The Nationals' unwillingness to budge on their longstanding, two-year offer to Adam LaRoche paid off in the end. LaRoche today agreed to the deal after failing to find another club willing to give the free agent first...
The Washington Nationals accomplished another of their primary offseason goals today and re-signed first baseman Adam LaRoche to a two-year contract that guarantees him $24 million, according to The Washington Post.
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Free-agent first baseman Adam LaRoche agreed to a two-year, $24 million contract to stay with the Washington Nationals, ESPN reported Tuesday. LaRoche's contract includes $10 million this year, $12 million in 2014 and a $2 million mutual buyout option for 2015. LaRoche batted .271 with hit 33 home runs and 100 RBI in 2012. He also won a Gold Glove. Earlier, LaRoche reportedly...
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The Washington Nationals expressed interest in free agent
right-hander Javier Vazquez earlier this offseason, and Ken Rosenthal has now reported
that general manager Mike Rizzo was in Puerto Rico last night watching the veteran
Source: #Nationals GM Mike Rizzo is in Puerto Rico tonight watching Javier Vazquez pitch.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 10, 2013...
It’s unclear whether the Red Sox ever seriously considered Adam LaRoche to be a Plan B, but his contract with the Nationals makes completing a deal with Mike Napoli that much more important for Boston.
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With the Nationals now officially re-signing Adam LaRoche, GM Mike Rizzo is speaking to 5-6 teams about a trade involving Mike Morse according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.
The Mets are rumored to be one of those teams.
Morse hits rightys and leftys equally well batting .292/.343/.487 vs RHPs in his career with a .303/.357/.503 line vs LHPs. In 2012, he had a .291/.326/.478...
After signing Adam LaRoche, the Washington Nationals have begun to shop outfielder Michael Morse. Reports today have been that five or six teams are interested, one of those teams being the New York Yankees.
The New York Yankees have interest in trading for Washington Nationals outfielder/first baseman Michael Morse, sources tell ESPNNewYork.com. (Andrew Marchand – ESPN NY)