In the wake of losing OF and slugger Jayson Werth to free agency, the Philadelphia Phillies have inquired about Washington Nationals OF Mike Morse.
Morse hit .295 last season with 15 home runs, 12 doubles and 41 RBI’s in only 293 plate appearances for Washington last season. He has shown great power, and at age 29, could have finally found his swing. More importantly to the Phillies, he is a right-handed hitter.
Reportedly, the Phillies have put out a call to Nationals GM Mike Rizzo to check on the availability of Mike Morse.
However, via twitter, Jon Heyman reports that Rizzo will not be listening to any offers for Morse because the team is interested in the work Morse did this off season with team hitting instructor Rick Eckstein.
The Nationals already have a very crowded outfield going in to Spring Training. In camp they have Rick Ankiel, Roger Bernadina, who looks like the incredible hulk, Nyjer Morgan, IF Jerry Hairston Jr., who can also play OF, and Veterans Layne Nix and Matt Stairs.
Even with Werth, the Phillies had a bit of a lefty-heavy order, with Ibanez, Utley and Howard all in the middle. Now, with the departure of Werth, that opens up a spot for minor league farmhand Domonic Brown. The Phillies are high on Brown, and have been for quite some time, as he is their top prospect.
The only problem, in terms of team match ups, is that Brown is a left-handed hitter, meaning the 3-4-5-6 of the Phillies’ batting order could potentially be filled with four consecutive left handed hitters, which does not bode well in late-game situations when a team has a lefty-specialist.