As soon as word leaked out that Adam LaRoche was returning to the Nationals, Michael Morse tweeted: “hey everyone, going silent for a while”.
Orioles fans hope the next time he’s heard from he’s wearing one of their jerseys.
Morse is now expendable in Washington, and the Orioles are one of a number of teams that have inquired about him. They spoke with the Nationals during the Winter Meetings, but it took LaRoche much longer to decide on his 2013 team than expected.
Now, the Orioles will compete with a number of other teams including the Yankees, Rays, Mets, Phillies, Indians, Rangers and Mariners.
If it’s true that Washington is in the market for left-handed relievers, the Orioles have three: Brian Matusz, Troy Patton and T.J. McFarland, who was a Rule 5 pick from Cleveland.
Presumably, the Nationals who lost Sean Burnett, Tom Gorzelanny and former Oriole Michael Gonzalez in free agency, are looking for more than just one player for Morse.
Washington’s farm system was depleted when they pulled off trades for Gio Gonzalez and Denard Span, so it’s possible they could ask for a package of Matusz or Patton and either Jake Arrieta, Zach Britton, Tommy Hunter or Steve Johnson.
Morse, a 30-year-old late bloomer, hit 31 home runs and 95 RBIs in 2011, and 18 homers and 62 RBIs in a 102-game season shortened by injuries last year, has one year remaining before free agency.
He’ll make $7million, and would fit in nicely at first base, allowing Chris Davis to be the principal DH. Morse’s salary for 2013 is actually $500,000 lower than Mark Reynolds’ 2012 contract.
-The Orioles, who last month announced they wouldn’t raise season ticket prices, are freezing single-game prices for 2013, too.