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Michael Morse “strongly opposes” being a designated hitter

Jan 8, 2013, 7:51 PM EST

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It’s a near certainty that the Nationals are going to trade Michael Morse, but FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal presents one issue that might affect talks with any potentailly interested American League teams:

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.

Morse can’t block a deal, so it’s not like he’s going to have any say in where he ultimately winds up. But it’s safe to wonder whether some of the American League teams that like him might now back off for fear of adding a disgruntled player.

The Yankees, Mariners, Rays and Orioles have been tied to him so far. The Rangers may also have interest.

Morse, 30, boasts a .296/.345/.516 slash since the start of the 2010 season. He had 31 home runs in 2011.

  1. brewcrewfan54 - Jan 8, 2013 at 7:55 PM

    But he’s strongly in favor of paychecks so there wont be any issues.

    • dcfan4life - Jan 8, 2013 at 9:44 PM

      And if he hates the situation, hes a free agent after next season anyways.

      • stex52 - Jan 9, 2013 at 8:20 AM

        I am strongly opposed to having to go to the office 250 days a year. Yet here I am.

  2. pisano - Jan 8, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    He won’t have to worry if the Yankees get him, he’ll be playing a lot, either in the field or DH, and if he hits big he may be replacing someone full time, rumor has it that Granderson’s name has been talked about in trades, a good time to move him.

  3. clevelandschronic2 - Jan 8, 2013 at 8:23 PM

    Yeah everyone is lining up to get Granderson and that monstrous contract. Anything to help the yankees unload some of their payroll.

    • jwbiii - Jan 8, 2013 at 8:37 PM

      Granderson + $8.3M to offset their contracts shouldn’t be a problem, should it?

    • bjbeliever - Jan 9, 2013 at 12:18 AM

      Granderson is a FA after next season

  4. djm426 - Jan 8, 2013 at 8:54 PM

    Perfect fit in Philadelphia if they can work out a 3 team deal

    • dcfan4life - Jan 8, 2013 at 9:45 PM

      Never going to happen. Last time i checked Philly and Washington are division rivals.

  5. clevelandschronic2 - Jan 8, 2013 at 9:13 PM

    If it isnt a problem why hasnt he been moved?? Jus sayin noone is gonna line up to grab him to help the yankees. Unless its for the low

    • mazblast - Jan 8, 2013 at 10:12 PM

      He hasn’t been moved because the Nationals were holding back on trying to move him, pending the resolution of Adam LaRoche’s free agency. That’s resolved, he’s back with the Nationals, now they can work on moving Morse.

  6. paperlions - Jan 8, 2013 at 9:18 PM

    Funny that a guy that is one of the worst defenders in the majors doesn’t want to DH. Yeah, well….get better with the glove and somebody would give you a job in the field….teams don’t make a habit of moving guys to DH that are useful elsewhere.

  7. seeingwhatsticks - Jan 8, 2013 at 10:34 PM

    I have a feeling fans of whatever team Morse ends up with will be strongly opposed to watching him play defense.

  8. humanexcrement - Jan 9, 2013 at 2:03 AM

    Yeah, well I strongly opposed being a commenter on a baseball website rather than being a baseball player myself. Some things are just reality.

  9. bjeff3200 - Jan 9, 2013 at 9:27 AM

    Wow! What a surprise, someone that could play a corner outfield position being linked to Seattle.

    If he does end up there, at least he already know the organization…

  10. patpatriot7 - Jan 9, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    What rather have Morse playing first base for the Red Sox than Napoli because of his age. Then, he could grow along with the next wave of youngsters referred to as the “Killer Bs.” Depite the BS from ownership (One astute fan said that Lucchino produced “more bullshit in a 15 minute interview than a medium-sized cattle ranch in Texas.”), the fans KNOW this is a rebuilding year (aka “bridge year”) and I’d rather do it with younger prospects who have potential than veterans on their last leg – literally and figuratively in the case of Napoli.

    • plummer2512 - Jan 9, 2013 at 12:26 PM

      If the Napoli deal is off, I think the Sox should go hard core after him. He’d be a great fit in Boston with the short porch in LF. Makes perfect sense which means it’ll probably never happen.

      • lphboston - Jan 9, 2013 at 2:58 PM

        Problem is, Sox don’t have any players that the Nats would want. Maybe a live minoir league arm like De Larosa. Boston has been trading kids for vets for so long because the fan base won’t allow the team to re-builod with young players.

  11. sportfandc - Jan 9, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    This doesn’t matter. Adam Dunn said the same thing.

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