The Baltimore Orioles have had a hard time — at a glance — landing an impact bat on both the free agent and trade market.
Spring training is just around the corner for the Birds, and as the weeks go by, fans are wondering:
"When will we finally get a middle-of-the-order guy?"
"What is this team doing? Why have we not gotten anyone yet?"
With Mark Reynolds and his power now in Cleveland, who can fill his spot with the Baltimore Orioles?
An intriguing option for the Orioles to bolster the middle of their lineup perhaps would be Michael Morse, who is currently signed with the Washington Nationals.
Morse, 30, is a 6-foot-5, 230-pound man whose looks resemble an NFL or college tight end than your conventional baseball player. He is expendable in Washington now as the Nationals re-signed first baseman Adam LaRoche this week to a two-year deal. If you combine that deal with the addition of Denard Span via a trade with the Minnesota Twins and Bryce Harper and Jayson Werth entrenched in outfield spots, he could be dealt before spring training.
I've seen him play many times in both Washington and Baltimore since I live between the two cities, and I think he would be the perfect complement for the Orioles' lineup. He has been a productive part of the Washington starting lineup for the past few seasons and has hit for average and power. In 2011, he hit 31 homers with 95 RBIs along with a .303 average, .360 on-base percentage, and a 3.1 WAR in 146 games in his best major-league season so far.