A Bittersweet Farewell to Morse

As I feared, we traded Michael Morse away yesterday, or better yet pretty much gave him away to the Seattle Mariners.  In return, we got back A.J Cole, whom we had drafted a few years ago and later included in the trade for Gio.  Yes, we received another pitcher and a player to be named, but this trade was basically for Cole.  In case you didn’t read the text of any articles about the trade, Cole started off the minor league season last year at 0-7.  In Single A ball.  He later got demoted to Low A ball.  Like I said, we basically gave Morse away.  The only redeeming thing about this deal is that it gives The Beast a chance to play every day, which he deserves.  But that doesn’t change the fact that it was a bad trade.  He was “cheap” salary-wise.  He has lots of power, also hits for average, and is in his prime.  He would have been great insurance in case someone got injured.  And the money should not have been a factor, since the Lerners clearly are in a spending mode right now.  He was also a very popular player, both in the clubhouse and with the fan base.  Something to think about as you build the team in the future, Lerners and Rizzo.  Part of the team’s appeal (beyond winning 98 games) was that they are for the most part all likeable.  The fans felt a connection to them.  A few tweaks to a team that led the league in wins is fine.  When you start approaching too many adjustments, it become subtraction by addition.  Good luck out there Michael.  Hope you have a great season, and thanks for all you did for the Nationals.

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