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What if the Nationals kept Michael Morse?

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11:05 AM ET 05.25 | In the winter, the logic of the Nationals signing Adam LaRoche, trading for Denard Span and dealing Michael Morse made perfect sense. They were keeping respected a left-handed bat for the middle of the order, adding an elite center fielder who provided top-of-the-order on-base and using an apparent roster redundancy to restock their minor league pitching depth. The season has not yet hit the one-third mark yet, but enough of the year has passed to lend hindsight to a pertinent question: What if the Nationals had executed their offseason the same way and simply kept Morse? Hindsight shows Morse could have played a key role, even without an everyday job opening day. Add up only the at-bats Morse would have received filling in due to days off or injuries in the outfield and first base. Then give him the pinch-hit appearances Tyler Moore has seen. Morse would have already taken 112 plate appearances, and that's with zero effort to give an occasional day off to LaRoche, Span or Bryce Harper against a tough lefty. It would have been fascinating if the Nationals had kept Morse, if only because he would offered such a unique weapon -- an over-qualified super-sub who can fill in at multiple positions and mitigate long-term injuries or provide thunder off the bench. He would have given the Nationals an answer to the Braves' Evan Gattis.

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May 25, 2013  12:32 PM ET

But they didn't so it's moot.

May 25, 2013  12:37 PM ET

What if they hadn't shut down Strasburg? Would they currently be World Champions?

Questions of a thousand dreams...

May 25, 2013  12:41 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

But they didn't so it's moot.

Rick Springfield approves this sentiment.

May 25, 2013  12:59 PM ET

Typical Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda crap........ It made sense at the time...... damn Hindsight 20/20's

May 25, 2013  06:28 PM ET

What if The Red Sox would have kept Babe Ruth, would Ted Williams still be considered their best hitter?

May 25, 2013  06:33 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

What if The Red Sox would have kept Babe Ruth, would Ted Williams still be considered their best hitter?

What if Ted never lost time to WWII and Korea.
Would Babe have held the career HR mark until Hank?

May 26, 2013  08:28 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

What if Ted never lost time to WWII and Korea. Would Babe have held the career HR mark until Hank?

What if the Red Sox didn't pitch the Babe, How many more Homers would he have Hit?

 
May 26, 2013  09:25 AM ET

What if they had got the last out against the Cards in the divisional playoffs would they be WS Champs.

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