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article imageWhere will Nats' Michael Morse end up in MLB 2013 season?

By Leigh Goessl     Jan 11, 2013 in Sports
Washington - One of the questions circulating is where will Nationals' Michael Morse end up playing in the 2013 season now that the Nats have inked a two-year deal with Adam LaRoche and brought on outfielder Denard Span.
Currently, Michael Morse is a solid player without a position. Usually playing in left field for the Washington Nationals, the team now has a starting outfield in Bryce Harper, Jayson Werth and new Nats' player, Denard Span.
Michael Morse, who did a grand job filling in for first baseman Adam LaRoche when he was out on injury, would have been shifted back to first base if LaRoche opted to go with another team. However, last week the Nationals reached a two-year deal with LaRoche which means there is no starting position for Morse.
According to media reports there might be a couple of ways this could go. Allegedly, the Yankees are expressing an interest in bringing Morse to New York. Wide speculation is that if Morse went to the Yankees, he'd be in the role of Designated Hitter.
During the 2012 season Morse, known for his strong offense, is seen as a valuable player by many. Nationals' General Manager Mike Rizzo said the organization is not in a rush to trade Morse, and according to MLB.com, the GM won't even rule out keeping Morse on the Nats' roster.
"Michael Morse is a middle-of-the-lineup, everyday production bat," Rizzo said. "With that said, we are going to be open-minded. Nobody said that we have to trade Michael Morse. There are no financial ramifications that force us to trade Michael Morse. He is a very economical middle-of-the-lineup hitter that can hit .300 and drive in 100 [runs] at a very affordable price. He is very attractive to a lot of teams. I've heard no less than 10 to 12 teams that have interest in Michael Morse."
Rizzo added:
"We are going to put the best 25 men on the field for Opening Day. We are going to be patient. If there is a deal out there that makes great sense for us, and makes great sense for Michael Morse, we'll certainly consider it. But there is no gun to our head that we have to trade Michael Morse. We won't trade him just to trade him. It will be a good trade in our favor, or we will just keep him."
Wide speculation, however, is that Morse will eventually be traded and his days in Washington are numbered, only that no one knows what that number is.
A favorite of Washington fans, Morse has been a Nationals' player since 2009 when he was brought from the Seattle Mariners in a trade. He is eligible as a free agent next year.
Ironically, Seattle is rumored as one of the teams that might be eying Morse. Other teams being tossed in the media are Baltimore Orioles and Tampa Bay Rays, to name a few.
Will the Nationals trade Michael Morse? Will the Yankees aim to make him a part of their team as a DH? Where Morse will be on Opening Day 2013 seems to be a big question mark at this time.
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