The Nationals designated Willy Taveras for assignment after yesterday's double-header, making room to bring up utility infielder/outfielder Mike Morse. Morse had been rehabbing in Syracuse after a stint on the 15-day disabled list.
In 27 games for the Nationals this year Taveras, 28, had only hit .200/.243/.257 with seven runs scored and one stolen base. Early fielding data showed that he had a strong 12.6 UZR/150, however with the emergence of Roger Bernadina as a viable offensive outfielder, Taveras had become too old, and too obsolete.
In 14 games with Syracuse, Morse batted .265/.368/.460 with three home runs and eight RBI.
While Bernadina has been very strong offensively as of late, and did make that game saving catch against the Mets, early defensive numbers indicated that he may be a liability in right field. While Taveras had an excellent UZR/150 of 12.6, Bernadina so far has had a terrible UZR/150 of -30.6. Both numbers come from small sample sizes, but it is not a good indicator of what Roger is bringing to the outfield.
Morse, 28, brings a bat filled with potential power. At 6-5, 230, Morse has the potential to be a very good power hitter once he gets his bearings under him, in the form of Jayson Werth. That power has yet to be realized though, as he only has six career MLB homers in 143 career games. Still, with his athletic body and his ability to play literally any infield or outfield position, Morse is a huge addition to the team, especially when he replaces a one dimensional outfielder such as Willy Taveras.