Washington National’s slugger Michael Morse is packing his bags and heading west. The power hitting first baseman has been traded to Seattle for a pitching prospect.
The three-way trade, also involving the Oakland A’s, will send Morse to Seattle for A.J. Cole while Seattle sends catcher John Jaso to Oakland. Confused?
Last offseason, the Nationals sent A.J. Cole to Oakland as one of the centerpieces of the Gio Gonzalez trade. Now Oakland is sending Cole back to Washington and getting Jaso from Seattle. In return, Seattle gets Michael Morse, a much needed power hitter for their lineup.
The Washington Post reports Morse became expendable when Adam Laroche re-signed with the Nationals to play first base. The Nationals did not want to pay Morse $6.75 million to be bench depth all season and had been discussing Morse trades with different teams for weeks.
Morse should be a good fit in Seattle. According to MLB, he has averaged 24.5 home runs and 78.5 RBI’s and hit for .298 the last two years. He is projected to hit in the middle of the Mariners batting order and can play first base or outfield.
Washington fans may be disappointed with the trade of a player who had become a fan favorite. Morse became popular for his walk up music, “Take on Me.” As he would walk up to bat over the last three seasons, fans would sing along to the song. In those three seasons, Morse also helped turn a perennial loser into a World Series caliber team.
Here is a clip of fans singing along to “Take on Me” while Morse steps up to bat:
Do you think Seattle is a good fit for Michael Morse?