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My Sports Rumors:
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)
If the Yankees were to make a deal for an outfielder, Morse would be the perfect fit. He hits right handed and would be a perfect compliment to the teams all lefty outfield. He’s also got a good power bat that would fit well in Yankees Stadium. Over the past two seasons he’s hit 49 of them.
Most importantly though is Morse has only one year left on his contract. He’s scheduled to make $6.75 million in 2013 and with only one year of control it would assist the team in their goal of reducing payroll for the 2014 season.
The problem is what will the Nationals ask for. The team doesn’t need to trade him as they’ve got the money and he’d be a valuable reserve. With all the teams involved the prospect price tag should be quite high.
Rizzo on trading Morse: “We’re not going to make a bad deal just to move the player out of town. We don’t have to do it financially.”
— Adam Kilgore (@AdamKilgoreWP) January 8, 2013
Rizzo: #Nats can afford to keep Morse, but “we’d move him in the right deal. We’re certainly not going to give him away.”
— Mark Zuckerman (@ZuckermanCSN) January 8, 2013
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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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