Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said on Monday the team had not made any calls regarding a potential trade of Michael Morse, but that they had received plenty of overtures from other teams. One of those teams appears to be the Baltimore Orioles.
J.P. Morosi of FoxSports.com first reported the interest on Twitter:
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) December 4, 2012
Morse can play outfield and first base, the latter a pressing need for Baltimore heading into 2013. The real question is, however, do the Orioles have the right package for Washington?
If the Nationals trade Michael Morse, you can bet they are looking for something significant in return, especially if the move takes place before an agreement with Adam LaRoche. One guess would be young starting pitching which is a sensitive subject for the Orioles. They have a few blue chip prospects in Kevin Gausman and Dylan Bundy, but you know they aren’t trading those guys.
Beyond their two most prized young starting pitchers, the Orioles aren’t very deep at the position. They do have a deep bullpen, but the Nats would be giving up a middle-of-the-order slugger who also hits for average for a relief pitcher. That’s a move that could be hard to swallow for an organization with a championship window.
Morse would seem to be a perfect fit in Baltimore so maybe the Orioles will be persistent. It would also seem the Orioles are on the brink of sustaining success and trading away their young talent is unlikely.