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I actually like him. He doesn't hit as well from the right side, but you can platoon him with Meat. His OPS splits and HRs/game weren't that different last year from bothe sides of the plate. A lot of that had to do with the Angels multiple DH options. He was recovering from a gruesome injury last year that kept him out for 1 1/2 years. The one big drawback is that he's slower than Wieters. Imagine those two guys clogging up the bases in the middle of the order.

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I'm not a fan of Morales. His number are OK, but I'd rather we concentrate on getting younger players.

I hear ya and if it took Schoop or Tillman I wouldn't do it but the Arietta, Britton, Avery and Hoes type players on our team I would think of dealing.

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I actually like him. He doesn't hit as well from the right side, but you can platoon him with Meat. His OPS splits and HRs/game weren't that different last year from bothe sides of the plate. A lot of that had to do with the Angels multiple DH options. He was recovering from a gruesome injury last year that kept him out for 1 1/2 years. The one big drawback is that he's slower than Wieters. Imagine those two guys clogging up the bases in the middle of the order.

Good point on the speed. Makes me lean a little more toward a guy like Soriano for DH.

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Dont shoot the messenger because I think Jim Bowden is mostly idiotic in his comments, but he said they should be looking to move Morales for bullpen help.

The Angels were pursuing Luis Ayala pretty heavily last year before he signed with the Orioles (it was reported that his final choice was between the O's and Angels). Maybe a package of Ayala and a B prospect or two would be a jumping off point?

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If the cost is low, I'd be for it. At this point I think we should be looking to add one more DH option that can at least play somewhere in the field (1B in Morales' case) so he would fit that bill. Assuming Casilla and Teagarden are the backup middle infielder and catcher respectively, then a rotating DH/two bench players of Reimold/Morales/Betemit sounds pretty good from an offensive standpoint.

If the cost is a reliever and a B prospect or two, I'd probably be interested.

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Sadly, I always shoot the messenger when the messenger is Bowden.
What are we to conclude from this? First, that there are a ton of unanswered questions, starting with, in my mind, Who lied, and about what? In yesterday's conference call with reporters, Kasten did not answer the question of internal culpability with the Nationals. It is certainly possible, though - given the FBI investigation from last summer, and given what we know now about Gonzalez - that there is/was some sort of wrongdoing among Nationals officials. Whether that's true, and who they might be, will be reported out in coming days and weeks.
http://voices.washingtonpost.com/nationalsjournal/2009/02/smiley_what_i_saw.html
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I'd probably pass on Morales unless he comes at almost no cost. He can't really hit lefties at all and we're already loaded with those types (McLouth, Betemit, Davis). Our lineup vs a lefty would be pretty rough looking.

Bingo. We don't need another lefty hitter or switch hitter with serious platoon issues. DD needs to sign or trade for a right handed hitter, period.

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