The other shoe from the Adam LaRoche re-signing finally dropped: Washington traded Mike Morse to Seattle in a three-way deal with Oakland that nets them right-handed starter A.J. Cole in return. Cole, you’ll recall, was one of the four prospects swapped for Gio Gonzalez last winter.
Cole lost some of his luster after an up-and-down year in A ball, but he’s only 21 and was recently rated as Oakland’s third-best prospect. It’s nice to have the bonus baby back.
That said, it’s sad seeing Morse Code go, extraneous though his services had become. He was a lot of fun these past two-plus years, especially in 2011 when the franchise was still in the Dark Ages and he had one of the best seasons in Nats history. Remember him partying.
This deal also presents two interesting dilemmas: 1) Do the Nats continue to play Morse’s at-bat song, A-Ha’s “Take On Me,” or is it 86’d? 2) Does Morse get to keep the Beast Mode moniker, considering Seattle has the original, Marshawn Lynch? I say yes and no, respectively.
The Nats receive two other players in the deal, but I don’t know anything about them, so that’s why they’re stuck way down here.