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Miami Marlins v Washington Nationals

Earlier today I described Michael Morse as a nice idea for the Houston Astros but ultimately not worth the effort. If healthy, he makes their team better but he isn’t likely to fetch much in the way of a trade deadline prospect.

The San Francisco Giants are not the Houston Astros. They won the World Series in 2012 and just have a lot of money tied up in their veteran rotation. They just gave Hunter Pence an enormous contract extension and Buster Posey remains in the prime of his life. Pablo Sandoval faces free agency at the end of the 2014 season. Unlike the Astros, the future is now for the Giants.

Adding Michael Morse on a cheap, one-year deal is most certainly a now move. They are not trying to ride a few hot months into a shot-in-the-dark B-level prospect. The Giant signed Mike Morse to hit home runs and make their team better. Today. Right now.

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It appears as though the Seattle Mariners will be the winners of the Michael Morse trade sweepstakes. Jon Morosi and Ken Rosenthal reported that the Mariners were on the verge of acquiring the right handed 1B/DH (I use that 1B loosely) from the Washington Nationals, and the Washington Post’s Adam Kilgore reports that it’s done. The Nationals will receive pitching prospect A.J. Cole and an additional prospect plus a PTBNL from the Oakland Athletics in a three-team deal, which will also see John Jaso shipped to the Bay Area.

Morse became expendable after the Nationals brought Adam LaRoche back on a two-year, $24 million deal. Morse hit .291/.321/.470 with 18 home runs in 430 plate appearances last season, but was limited to 103 games due to a right lat muscle injury. The 30-year old enjoyed a breakout season in 2011 in which he hit .303/.360/.550 with 31 home runs.

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When the Nationals opted to re-sign Adam LaRoche for two years plus an option this week, it all but spelled the end of Mike Morse‘s time in the nation’s capital. Morse is in his final year of arbitration, a defensive liability who is completely out of places to stand around and wait to hit in Washington. The Nats re-upped with LaRoche so first base is out, Denard Span gives them a real centerfielder to play between Bryce Harper and Jayson Werth.

Until the NL comes to its senses, there is no designated hitter spot in which to hide the hulking masher. So he’s out. As expected, teams are lining up for Morse’s services – such as they are. While a right-handed power bat is always in season, a few things about Michael Morse might give some buyers pause.

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