"“The Phillies would love to trade for Morse. Love it. But there is just one problem with that: The Nationals. I can’t see any reason why they would trade Morse to Philadelphia unless the Phils paid a crazy, over-the-top price for him. There is just very little incentive for the Nationals to boost a division rival like that. Don’t bet on it.”–Todd Zolecki"
We’ve talked plenty recently about how nice it would be to see Michael Morse in the Phillies lineup. He plays a corner outfield position, he’s got some power, he… knows how to win and all that horse shit.
But if you check the climate of the NL East right now, nobody’s really going in a National–>Phillies direction. The Nats represent the future, judging by the fact that most of them will actually see it. With a median infield age of 34 in 2013, the Phillies could be a potentially more difficult team to get behind. Because they’re old and don’t move very fast and come on I’ve got places to be Michael Young geeze.
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That, and the really just bizarre, openly jealous nature of the Washington Nationals organization and how resentful they are of the Phillies being better than them for so long. Now, the Nationals are the better team, and can’t seem to get past the fact that the Phillies have fans and a stadium and other pretty normal things.
But hey! Whatever. The point is, I’m sure Ruben Amaro could put together a perfectly ludicrous prospect package for the Nats in exchange for their superfluous OF/1B. It’s not like we’ve got a hefty farm system to pluck from, but hey, Ruben’s squeezed blood from a stone before. And then hurled that blood-covered rock through Jayson Werth’s bay window. You don’t threaten the Phillies.
But no no no, the Nationals don’t want to trade “in-division,” as if there’s some sort of problem with trading a talented player to a team you play 20 times a year and having the deal continuously bite you in the ass. That’s a pretty general baseball philosophy, but when the Nats are doing it to us, there’s that extra flavor of smarm.
I think I speak for all of us when I scream JUST GIVE US ENOUGH PLAYERS TO FILL OUT THE DAMN LINEUP YOU JERKS.