Amanda Comak of the Washington Times says the two sides agreed to a two-year, $24 million contract with a $12 million mutual option for 2014 with a $2 million buyout.
Now that LaRoche is returning to Washington, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports says the Nationals are speaking to teams about OF Michael Morse, and Jon Heyman of CBS Sports says the Mariners, Indians, Rangers, Rays, Yankees, Phillies, Mets and Orioles are all still looking for bats.
Jim Bowden of SiriusXM says the Nationals are seeking a left-handed reliever in exchange for Morse.
Michael Baron, ContributorThe Mets have two pitchers on the active roster who might fit the criteria for what the Nationals are reportedly seeking for Morse: Robert Carson and Josh Edgin. However, I wonder if the Nationals would consider dealing Morse inside the division.
Morse had a breakout season in 2011, hitting a career-high 31 home runs with 95 RBI. He suffered through an injury-shortened season last year, but maintained his power upon his return. He has developed into a good power source from the right side and has shown he can handle the pitchers parks in the National League East, but he doesn’t walk very much and strikes out a ton as well. He is a poor defender, although he has experience at both corner spots and at first base. However, Morse is better than anything they have at the moment and could help fill a massive void from the right side.
Statistics and information on Michael Morse...
Stats: In 102 games with the Nationals in 2012, Morse, 30, hit .291 with a .321 OBP and .470 SLG, 18 home runs and 53 RBI with 16 walks and 97 strikeouts in 430 plate appearances in 2012.
Contract: Morse signed a two-year, $10.5 million contract before the start of the 2012 season. He will earn $6.75 million in 2013, and can be a free agent after the season.