Following their acquisition of center fielder Denard Span
from the Minnesota Twins, the Washington Nationals are “definitely shopping”
first baseman/outfielder Mike Morse, reports Jayson Stark of ESPN.
In the wake of Denard Span deal, #Nationals are "definitely shopping Mike Morse a little bit," says AL exec. Could deal Morse & sign LaRoche
— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) November 30, 2012
Stark adds that if the Nationals are able to trade Morse
they could then target former first baseman Adam LaRoche via free agency.
Now that Washington has Span on board, they are able to
shift Bryce Harper to a corner outfield position. Rather than start Morse in
the other corner outfield spot or at first base, the team could look to trade
him to help fill other areas of need.
If the Nationals make Morse available he’s certain to draw
interest. While he experienced a down season by his standards in 2012, he did
hit .303/.360/.550 with 36 doubles and 31 home runs in 2011. The 30-year-old
owns a career line of .295/.347/.492 over parts of eight years at the major
league level and is set to earn $6.75 million next season.
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