MLB trade rumors: Nationals may be shopping Michael Morse, according to report

Evan Habeeb-US PRESSWIRE

With the acquisition of Denard Span, the Washington Nationals may be shopping first baseman/outfielder Michael Morse, according to a report.

In the wake of the trade that brought Denard Span to the Washington Nationals, GM Mike Rizzo is definitely shopping first baseman/outfielder Michael Morse around the league, even if it is just a little bit, according to Jayson Stark of ESPN.

With the newly acquired Span, the Nationals have a set outfield for 2013 with Jayson Werth and Bryce Harper flanking from the corners. The deal also brings flexibility with the Nationals, which is why the team could be interested in dealing Morse.

Meaning the Nationals could have Michael Morse be their everyday first baseman, or the team could re-sign free-agent first baseman Adam LaRoche and trade Morse to another team, presumably acquiring pieces that would fill the Nationals' few holes remaining.

Washington will need to decide which player is the better fit for them, keeping in mind LaRoche would have to be brought back on a multi-year deal while Morse is set to the free-agent market at season's end next year.

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