Adam LaRoche was one thing – the Boston Red Sox didn’t want to sign him to a three-year free-agent contract and forfeit their second-round draft pick as compensation.
But, as the Red Sox enter Day 40 of their standoff with free-agent catcher/first baseman Mike Napoli, why wouldn’t they want to trade for the Washington Nationals’ Mike Morse?
The Sox, sources say, are one of the clubs in contact with the Nationals about Morse, who became expendable this week when the Nats re-signed LaRoche to a two-year, $24 million deal.
While the Sox’s public position is that they continue to talk with Napoli, they can back off him the moment they add another first baseman. They are not obligated to Napoli because they have yet to finalize his three-year, $39 million agreement.
Morse, 30, would require less of a financial commitment than Napoli, 31 – he is under contract for $7 million next season before becoming eligible for free agency. He is resistant to becoming a DH, sources say, but t