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Here's a question to you. It's my belief that Mike Morse won't fetch all that much in return. While it's completely true that a healthy Mike Morse will probably hit really well there are just too many questions / problems with him.
He does not field well. Yes, he was drafted as a short stop but that was a body type ago, and frankly it doesn't look like he was a good SS anyway. He's among the lowest players in value on the basepaths. Although the past couple years have quieted the fears, his strikeout to walk ratio still is going to give pause to teams. He's only signed for one more year so you are looking at a guy that could be a single season rental. And most of all - he's injury prone. He's played more than 122 games in a season (minors + majors) twice in his career, 2009 and 2011. Even ignoring the early minor league years with fewer games played that is still the sign of a guy that gets a lot of nicks and bumps.
Are you willing to trade for a guy who may give you 110 games of decent at bats and nothing else then walk at the end of the season?
That's why I think the best the Nats could do is someone like Clay Rapada. Decent lefty arm, good LOOGY, not a free agent until 2017, but with his own performance issues and not young. Assuming Rapada reamains decent he could hold down the lefty in the pen role for the duration of the Nats initial playoff run. Unless Mike Morse has a full healthy season its likely you get more total value from Rapada at a fraction of the cost. However, for 2013, it would take a downer of a Morse year at the plate (like last year) for Rapada to match up to Morse (and if an injury happens to LaRoche or Werth...)
Would you make that deal?
The Nats probably want a decent young starter who could give them rotation depth and might develop into something more. Like a Ross Detwiler prior to 2012. Don't count on it. You might be able to get Jeff Neimann without having to pass a physical. He's got some years left before FA. He's also spent most of 2012 on the DL and at 29 isn't going to surprise anyone.
If you don't like that you might be looking at a pure pitching prospect. Anything from a "maybe this year" relief prospect who did OK in AA last year, to a long shot talent who may still be starting in A-ball. Forget Jake McGee, would a Nick Sawyer plus some other throw-ins do it for you?
If not, what type of player are you expecting?