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Nationals Still Ponder Life Without Michael Morse

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Nationals Still Ponder Life Without Michael Morse
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This winter, the Washington Nationals made their priority clear: to acquire the leadoff hitter they’d long felt they needed at the potential expense of one of the power bats crucial to their rise to the top of the National League East. They wanted Denard Span, his career .358 on-base percentage and smooth center field defense, even if it meant Michael Morse could end up a slugger without a position if Adam LaRoche re-signed. LaRoche returned, and the Nationals then traded away home runs for defense and speed.

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