The trade of Michael Morse to the Seattle Mariners this week brings up a very good question for fantasy baseball owners. Where should Morse be picked in 2013 for their fantasy league? Morse is going to get his 450-500 at-bats for the Mariners and should put up very solid numbers for a team that is improving slowly, but may only win 5-8 more games than they did in 2012.
Morse has the ability to hit 35-40 home runs and knock in 100-110 runs, and that is a player that – especially with multiple position eligibility – is a valuable asset. Morse should get a ton of chances to knock in runs with Kendrys Morales, Justin Smoak, Kyle Seager and Dustin Ackley in the Seattle lineup around him. This is a situation where the place a player is at and where they will get to hit in a lineup makes the player valuable. Seattle may not win a ton of games, but Morse may be the top run producer on the team.
If I was drafting for fantasy baseball right now, I would have Morse in the sixth round. It is possible between now and when your draft occurs that Morse goes a bit higher in the draft if Seattle picks up any other players. Morse is a solid pick who can play first base and outfield. That fact alone to me makes Morse a better pick than a player who is only available at one position. I will be all over Morse when my fantasy draft comes around.
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