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The team raved, RAVED about ALR's defense. And he really was pretty sweet over there in a way that doesn't necessarily jive with some of the WAR components I've seen for him in previous years. Given the problems that often has with fairly evaluating 1B, it's hard to take some of the WAR numbers seriously. He's a solid bat (left-handed to help balance out the middle of the order) with a plus glove. Whatever numbers you want to assign to that, he's an asset at that price. Two years... who cares? It's a win-now team. He's a win-now player.
The Rays look like an obvious trade fit. Jake McGee would be a perfect replacement for Sean Burnett in the Nats' bullpen
I wouldn't trade McGee for Morse. McGee is a really awesome reliever, and just because he's left-handed and now being used in the pen he shouldn't be put in the same category as Sean Burnett or Jerry Blevins. In fact I don't see how he's less valuable than David Robertson. He's arguably a better pitcher with 5 years of team control vs Robertson's 2. For all I know McGee can be converted back to starter. Looking at it in WAR terms, McGee had 1.8 rWAR in 2012, and Morse has 1.8 rWAR per 600 PA in his career. If the Nats managed this, it would be highway robbery.
Both of these points are even more amazing when you consider what the Nats were like as recently as 2010.
0.7, 2.2, -0.1
Morse posted 6.2 oWAR during that span, but coughed up more than half of that on defense (-3.4 dWAR). He needs to get to the AL as quickly as possible.
The team raved, RAVED about ALR's defense. And he really was pretty sweet over there in a way that doesn't necessarily jive with some of the WAR components I've seen for him in previous years. Given the problems that often has with fairly evaluating 1B, it's hard to take some of the WAR numbers seriously.
I always envisioned a fat David Morse.
We saw Morse and family at a local Indian restaurant a couple of years ago. The family lives somewhere close to us, albeit not in our neighborhood. :) The restaurant is a pretty meh place (we won't go back) but it was dark and not crowded, so they might have chosen it for those reasons. His wife is tall and quite attractive; the kids were closely bunched in age (late teens, early 20s) and were tall and attractive.
I read somewhere that the option is for $15m. I'm not sure the structure of the mutual option; does that mean either party can exercise it, or does that mean both parties must agree to it?
As for the structure of the option, yes, it's mutual and therefore both parties have to agree. If either party declines the option LaRoche will automatically get a $2 million buyout
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