The other shoe from the Adam LaRoche re-signing finally dropped: Washington traded Mike Morse to Seattle in a three-way deal with Oakland that nets them right-handed starter A.J. Cole in return. Cole, you’ll recall, was one of the four prospect swapped for Gio Gonzalez one year ago.
After an up-and-down year in low- and high-A with the A’s, Cole has lost some of his luster, but he’s only 21 and was recently rated as Oakland’s third-best prospect. It’s nice to have the bonus baby back.
It’s also sad to see Morse Code go, extraneous though his services may have become. He was a lot of fun these past two-plus years, especially in 2011 when the Nats were still in the Dark Ages and he had one of the best seasons in franchise history. Remember him partying.
This deal also presents two interesting dilemmas: 1) Do the Nats continue to play Morse’s at-bat song, A-Ha’s “Take On Me,” or is it 86′d? 2) Does Morse get to keep the Beast Mode moniker, considering Seattle has the original, Marshawn...