Nationals Rumors: Washington ‘Definitely Shopping’ Mike Morse

Following their acquisition of center fielder Denard Span from the Minnesota Twins, the Washington Nationals are “definitely shopping” first baseman/outfielder Mike Morse, reports Jayson Stark of ESPN.

Stark adds that if the Nationals are able to trade Morse they could then target former first baseman Adam LaRoche via free agency.

Now that Washington has Span on board, they are able to shift Bryce Harper to a corner outfield position. Rather than start Morse in the other corner outfield spot or at first base, the team could look to trade him to help fill other areas of need.

If the Nationals make Morse available he’s certain to draw interest. While he experienced a down season by his standards in 2012, he did hit .303/.360/.550 with 36 doubles and 31 home runs in 2011. The 30-year-old owns a career line of .295/.347/.492 over parts of eight years at the major league level and is set to earn $6.75 million next season.

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