Washington Nationals first baseman could soon be making the move from Washington to Baltimore.
Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo has not made a formal announcement on his first baseman, but the trade is very likely if the team resigns Adam LaRoche.
“He’s drawn interest,” Rizzo said. “We’ve fielded calls for him. We’ve not made one call about him. We’ve fielded a lot of calls, and you can see the reason why. He’s a middle-of-the-lineup hitter that puts up big numbers. He hits for average and for power.”
Of the several calls Rizzo has gotten on the status of Morse, one of them comes from Beltway rival Baltimore Orioles.
Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com reports the talks of acquiring Morse are “lukewarm”, but could heat up soon. He wrote:
Nats general manager Mike Rizzo told MASNsports.com that he hasn’t been contacted by the Orioles during the meetings and he hasn’t reached out to them. There’s nothing hot at the moment.
The Orioles’ reported interest in Adam LaRoche seems to be exaggerated, though it’s apparently increased since executives arrived in Nashville.
The Orioles and Rangers are viewed in some circles as the Nats’ biggest competitors for LaRoche, but again, that would go against executive vice president Dan Duquette’s claim that he’s more likely to trade for a bat. It also would be a highly expensive alternative to Mark Reynolds.
Like typical offseason baseball, the trade rumors will be never ending. We will just have to wait and see how this trade turns out.