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Michael Morse Best Option for Red Sox if Mike Napoli Deal Falls Through

Michael Morse (Flickr/Keith Allison)

Michael Morse is one of the few options remaining in the trade market that the Boston Red Sox should make a run after. The Washington Nationals recently signed Adam LaRoche to a two-year deal, and he will be manning first base instead of Morse.

The Red Sox would still need to give a couple solid prospects for the 30-year-old Morse to really draw interest from the Nationals. But should the Red Sox really consider a trade?

Morse is more than capable

Morse has been a real talent for the Nationals since joining them in 2009, after playing four seasons with the Seattle Mariners. During his time in Seattle, Morse received little playing time and didn’t perform too well when he did play. But since 2010, he has averaged about 21 home runs per season in a pretty solid Nationals lineup.

Morse also can drive in runs when he is on the field. He averaged 78.5 RBI per season over the last two seasons, compiling a career-high 95 in 2011. He also played a career-high 146 games and 522 at-bats that same season.

Morse also gets on base at a pretty good clip. His career .347 OBP could rise playing half his games in Fenway Park next season. The Red Sox weren’t a very patient team in 2012, and Morse’s eye would be a welcome addition.

Morse may improve further under the tutilege of David Ortiz, who led the team in 2012 with 56 walks (despite missing a big chunk of the season). Morse would also help to provide another middle-of-the-order bat around Ortiz to give the Sox some more thump in the lineup.

Morse can play multiple positions

Morse has played a majority of his career as a corner outfielder, but he also can play the infield, especially first base.

He does not want to be a DH, according to FoxSports, and the Red Sox do not need him to do that because Ortiz already holds that position.

What the Red Sox need is a first baseman who can also play some outfield when Jonny Gomes and others need a day off, like Morse.

Of course, this is only realistic of the proposed 3-year, $39 million deal with Mike Napoli falls through.

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