Michael Morse “strongly opposes” being a designated hitter

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It’s a near certainty that the Nationals are going to trade Michael Morse, but FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal presents one issue that might affect talks with any potentailly interested American League teams:

Morse strongly opposes being a DH, according to major-league sources.

The issue, sources say, will carry weight for some AL clubs. Morse is “not a very gifted defender” and would better fit certain teams as a DH, according to one rival executive who leans heavily on advanced metrics.

Trades sometimes turn on such details.

Morse can’t block a deal, so it’s not like he’s going to have any say in where he ultimately winds up. But it’s safe to wonder whether some of the American League teams that like him might now back off for fear of adding a disgruntled player.

The Yankees, Mariners, Rays and Orioles have been tied to him so far. The Rangers may also have interest.

Morse, 30, boasts a .296/.345/.516 slash since the start of the 2010 season. He had 31 home runs in 2011.

Phillies sign Trevor Plouffe to minor league deal

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Infielder Trevor Plouffe has signed a minor league deal with the Phillies, Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports. Plouffe asked for and was granted his release from the Rangers earlier this month.

Plouffe, 31, had a double and a home run in 17 plate appearances with Triple-A Round Rock to start the 2018 season. He spent last year with the Athletics and Rays, putting up a meager .198/.272/.318 batting line in 100 games.

Plouffe has mostly played third base throughout his career, but can also handle the other three infield spots and both outfield corners, so he’ll serve as organizational depth at Triple-A Lehigh Valley for the Phillies.