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Frontrunner for suddenly expendable Morse

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07:55 AM ET 01.09 | Adam LaRoche's signing in Washington makes for some writing on the wall in the case of Nationals left fielder Mike Morse, though he may be limiting his market somewhat. Morse strongly opposes being a DH, according to major-league sources. The issue, sources say, will carry weight for some AL clubs. Morse is "not a very gifted defender" and would better fit certain teams as a DH, according to one rival executive who leans heavily on advanced metrics. Trades sometimes turn on such details. ... One executive pegs the Mariners as the favorites to land Morse, noting that the team's earlier acquisitions of DH Kendrys Morales and outfielder Raul Ibanez indicate that the M's are now emphasizing offense over defense.

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January 9, 2013  09:39 AM ET

The Red Sox will need a first baseman, with the whole Napoli thing still up in the air.

January 9, 2013  10:12 AM ET

I would be glad to DH this season for 6.75 million that Morse will make.

January 9, 2013  10:27 AM ET

On paper, he's a good fit for the Rays. But if doesn't want to DH, the Rays need to stay far far away from him. Pat Burrell didn't want to DH but signed with the Rays as a last resort. We all know how that turned out.

January 9, 2013  10:36 AM ET

A guy that doesn't want to be a DH should work extra hard on his D.

January 9, 2013  11:13 AM ET

Perfect fit for the Yankees...

January 9, 2013  01:13 PM ET

One year left on his contract and then he is FA. That does enter into any equation of trade value.

January 9, 2013  01:23 PM ET

Ironically, Morse started his career as a minor league shortstop for the Ms. And he is much better defensively as a firstbaseman than he is as an outfielder.

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January 9, 2013  05:57 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

The Red Sox will need a first baseman, with the whole Napoli thing still up in the air.

It Seems The Napoli case would join the liriano case,,,

January 9, 2013  05:58 PM ET
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I don't know that the Bosox have any extra talent to spare that the Nats would be interested in...they're in a better position to buy talent than trade for it right now.

the got good top quality prospects from the dodgers didn't they??

January 9, 2013  05:59 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

One year left on his contract and then he is FA. That does enter into any equation of trade value.

plus if he is boras client,,,,things could get messy,,,

January 9, 2013  06:00 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Perfect fit for the Yankees...

except the yankees don't have top prospects do they??

January 9, 2013  06:01 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

On paper, he's a good fit for the Rays. But if doesn't want to DH, the Rays need to stay far far away from him. Pat Burrell didn't want to DH but signed with the Rays as a last resort. We all know how that turned out.

a big disaster and nothing good at all,

January 9, 2013  06:01 PM ET
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I would be glad to DH this season for 6.75 million that Morse will make.

get ready for spring training,,,

January 9, 2013  06:02 PM ET

the mariners would need to get serious on either offense or deffense,, wonder what's going to be??

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January 9, 2013  10:42 PM ET
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True. But Napoli just cost money, whereas Morse would cost players and prospects.I am not sold 100 percent on either.

They may have no choice at this point. Their options are extremely limited.

 
January 10, 2013  10:01 AM ET

The Sox might want to consider Sctt Hairston who started out as an infielder and might be able to play first base, he should add some pop to the lineup with the short wall in left field. He can't be any worse than the Gus they got!!!

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