The Seattle Mariners have obtained outfielder/first baseman Mike Morse from the Nationals, part of a three-team trade with the Oakland Athletics.
Washington picked up a high-ceiling pitching prospect from Oakland, righthander A.J Cole. The Nationals traded Cole to Oakland last year to obtain Gio Gonzalez.
This obviously squashes the idea that the Red Sox could abandon Mike Napoli and trade for Morse. The Sox spoke to the Nationals about Morse and decided the price was too steep. They have preferred Napoli from the start, and that remains the case.
But perhaps it opens another door to improve their bench.
In Morse, Kendrys Morales, Justin Smoak, and Mike Carp, Seattle has four players who can play first base.
Carp and Morse also play the outfield. Corner outfielders Michael Saunders, Jason Bay, Raul Ibanez, and Casper Wells are on the roster, too.
Carp would seem readily available. The 26-year-old lefthanded hitter has 77 career starts at first base and 48 in left field. He has hit a fairly modest .241/.323/.398 against righthanders in his career. But Carp could provide some bench depth for the Sox at two positions.
Nick Cafardo reported Wednesday that the Red Sox are open to the idea of trading for a lefthanded hitter who can play first base and a corner outfield spot. Carp is far from an ideal player, but he does fill that job description and is a year away from being eligible for arbitration.
Or they could sign Casey Kotchman as a backup first baseman and keep Ryan Kalish or Daniel Nava for the outfield.
One way or another, you get the idea that the Sox will be filling the holes in their roster fairly soon.