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Michael Morse is “very available”

Jul 30, 2013, 6:31 PM EDT

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Michael Morse just returned from a badly-strained right quadriceps muscle and he’s batting just .251 with a .313 on-base percentage in 56 games played this season. But he has good power and a market could develop for him at some point between now and Wednesday’s 4 p.m. ET trade deadline.

According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the M’s are making teams aware that Morse is “very available,” meaning it might not take all that much to get him. Morse struggles to stay healthy and isn’t a good defensive outfielder, but he had 31 homers and 95 RBI in 146 games with the Nationals in 2011 and he’s flashed that power at different points in the years since. He’d be a nice addition for a contender.

The 31-year-old is earning $6.75 million this season. He will hit the free agent market  this November.

  1. uyf1950 - Jul 30, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    I can’t imagine him costing the acquiring team very much, but I could be wrong. He probably has about $3MM +/- remaining on his 2013 contract then he’s a FA for 2014

  2. theinconvienenttruth - Jul 30, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    He’s a guy that the O’s have been looking acquire since last year when he was a National. I’m sure his price won’t be too high as other bats on the market now. If his health checks out, he could the right handed DH we need and also platoon for McClouth if healthy in Left Field.

    • hittfamily - Jul 30, 2013 at 6:59 PM

      You need a platoon at catcher too.

    • dlhouse18 - Jul 31, 2013 at 1:26 AM

      Now that he’s a reclamation project, he’s an even better fit for Baltimore.

  3. royals4life - Jul 30, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    I could see him in RF for Kansas City?

    • hittfamily - Jul 30, 2013 at 6:58 PM

      I’d rather have him in left and have Lough in right. Gordon has been atrocious since May. Maybe DH Morse, and trade ol’ Billy’s BBQ sauce. That guy spends more time promoting his sauce than he does in the cage, and it shows this year.

  4. spamrok - Jul 30, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    Bring him back to the Nats. We could use the pop.

    • jyoung1891 - Jul 30, 2013 at 7:49 PM

      Amen. C’mon Rizzo, just do it! Your moves haven’t worked out this year anyway. Just make the fans happy.

  5. proudlycanadian - Jul 30, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    Morse may be available; but, does Joel Sherman know if Kate Upton is available?

  6. Walk - Jul 30, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    With cruz suspension looming texas would be a good bet as well.

  7. denny65 - Jul 30, 2013 at 10:52 PM

    I bet if a team asked nicely, they could get Morse AND Franklin Gutierrez in a package deal. Oh, and if a team calls before 4:00pm Wednesday, a certain one-time catcher (nickname: “Bio”) will be thrown into the mix.

    Operators are standing by! Call now!

    • dlhouse18 - Jul 31, 2013 at 1:24 AM

      *Throws money at telephone*

  8. dlhouse18 - Jul 31, 2013 at 1:23 AM

    Very available? Sounds like they’re stuffing Morse into a cardboard box labeled “Free”.

  9. steelers88 - Jul 31, 2013 at 3:52 AM

    Pirates?

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