With Adam LaRoche heading back to the Washington Nationals on a two-year deal, the Nationals are supposedly interested in trading right handed slugger Michael Morse. The New York Yankees have emerged as a player for Morse’s services. This makes me really intrigued to what the Yankees are looking at doing, and frankly, I think they could be a nice fit with losing Nick Swisher to free agency.
Even though Morse hasn’t played right field much, I think he could handle the switch. A move like this also tells me Curtis Granderson isn’t going anywhere because trading for Morse and then trading Grandy is a horizontal move and a waste of time, money and prospects.
Morse would be a great fit in Yankee Stadium. The guy has a boat load of power and when he’s healthy, he’s a middle of the order hitter. With guys like Alex Rodriguez getting older, the Yankees certainly could use a right handed bat who can hit 30-35 homers in the middle of that order.
The Yankees aren’t that far away from being a World Series contender once again, but when the Toronto Blue Jays got as good as they did this offseason, it’s going to make the road that much tougher and the Yanks need a thumper now.
What would it take to get Morse? It’s tough to say, but I would imagine the Nationals would hold out for prized catching prospect Gary Sanchez. Manny Banuelos isn’t the prospect he once was and is now coming back from Tommy John surgery, but I suppose the Nationals could think he’s worth the risk. The Yankees aren’t exactly deep in the system, so it could be a tougher fit there.
We’ll see what happens, but this rumor can certainly pick up speed over the next few days.