Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Yankees Eye Balling Nats' Morse

For some time I've wondered if the Washington Nationals outfielder/first baseman Mike Morse would be available via a trade.  Apparently the answer to that question is now yes.

The Yankees are among a number of teams that have reportedly contacted Nats' GM Mike Rizzo about acquiring the eight year veteran. The Nats couldn't make any move concerning Morse until free agent first baseman Adam LaRoche re-signed with the team or went elsewhere.  That question was answered early Tuesday when the two sides agreed to a two-year, $24MM deal.

With Morse set to make $6.75MM this season, free agency on the horizon in 2014, and prospects (e.g. Tyler Moore) near Major League ready, it makes good business sense to try to move Morse, who will turn 30 before the regular season starts. It also makes good business sense for the Yankees who could determine after the 2013 season if they would like to keep Morse. If not, it will help them to reach their salary goal ($189MM) for the 2014 season.

The former 2000, third round draft pick of the Chicago White Sox (he was dealt to the Seattle Mariners in 2004 as part of deal that brought Freddy Garcia to the Windy City's South Side.), came into his own after he was dealt to Washington for Ryan Langerhans in 2009. A deal that was thought of as the time as one underwhelming player for another.

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