Nationals trade rumors: Michael Morse could be dealt if LaRoche signs

Rob Carr

After winning the NL East in 2012, the Nationals are hardly sitting around this offseason.

The Washington Nationals are in an enviable position this offseason. As many teams scramble to find eight starters around the diamond, general manager Mike Rizzo might have too many players.

Following the acquisition of Denard Span, the Nationals are trying decide their next course of action at first base. Adam LaRoche had a career year in Washington, and once he finally got healthy, Michael Morse continued to punish baseballs while playing left field.

According to this tweet from Mark Zuckerman of CSN, there have been little progress in LaRoche's contract talks. If a deal is reached, the team could trade Morse, according to Jon Morosi of FOX Sports.

The primary reason the Nationals could be intrigued by keeping LaRoche is the left-handed power he brings to the lineup. The club could also receive a couple of valuable pieces should they deal Morse, and that could help restock a farm system that has taken a serious hit in recent years. LaRoche is a free agent, and all the club would gain by not signing him would be a compensatory draft pick.

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