With the Nationals re-signing of Adam LaRoche to a deal today, there appears to be no place for Michael Morse to play. LaRoche would play 1B, and the Nats have an OF of Harper, Werth and Span in place.
Morse could fit the Yankees’ needs very well.
Morse is a righty bat who has played LF (134), RF (124) and 1B (123) in his career. At 6’5″, 245 you’d be surprised to learn that he’s actually played 57 MLB games at SS! He has also played 9 games at 3B.
No offense to Scott Hairston (who the Yanks are pursuing), Matt Diaz or Russ Canzler (already on board), but if they can swing a deal for the soon to be 31-year-old Morse, you do it.
Morse is a .295 career hitter who had 31 HR and 95 RBI in 2011. In 2012 he hit .291-18-62 with an OPS+ of 112. His 162 g. average is .295-23-82, OPS+ 126. I wish he’d walk more (33 BB/123K) but he is versatile, young enough, has a solid OPS+ and is a better righty-hitting OF option than the players already acquired in Diaz and Canzler.
The Nats don’t have a place for him. He will make $6.75 MM in 2013 which, believe it or not, may be too much for the Yankees. But he fits. In the past three years, his average (115 g/yr) is .296-21-66, OPS+ 132.
That’s damned good and a better righty-hitting option than Diaz and/or Canzler.
Could the Yanks make it happen? Who would you give up to make it happen?