On Tuesday, the Washington Nationals solidified one of their top offseason priorities by re-signing veteran first baseman Adam LaRoche. In doing so, ESPNNewYork senior writer Andrew Marchand has learned the re-signing of LaRoche might open the door to the Yankees exploring a trade for Nationals slugger Michael Morse.
A 29-year-old native of Florida, Morse made his professional debut in 2005 with the Seattle Mariners. While he was used sporadically in his time with the Mariners, a 2009 trade to the Nationals would provide Morse with an opportunity for more playing time. His 2011 season in D.C. was the best of his career as he slugged 31 round trippers and drove in 95 RBIs while holding a .303 batting average. For his efforts, he would finish the season amongst the top-ten in all three statistical categories. This past season, Morse dealt with back issues and time on the DL, however would finish with 18 home runs and 62 RBIs.
In an outfield that is all left-handed with Curtis Granderson, Brett Gardner, and Ichiro Suzuki, Morse could be the right-handed answer the Yankees are looking for. With a year remaining on his current deal with the Nationals, the Yankees would be taking on $6.75 million in 2013 should a trade be consummated. In addition to his work in the outfield, Morse is also capable of manning first base.
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