When looking at the details of the Washington Nationals trade of Michael Morse this evening, my first reaction was to say, "That's it? That's all they got?" Since this is an Orioles-focused page, I'll not go into the stats of the players received beyond saying that they are merely "A" level players. Sure, one of them throws upper 90s – a skill that can't really be taught. But wow, this does not look like much for a guy with the skills and numbers Morse has.

Though I only watch the Nationals play a fraction of the time that I watch the Orioles, I will say that Morse was one of the guys there who has always caught my eye as a heck of a talent. I love the swing and jump of the ball off his bat. It would have been great to have him on the Birds. It now looks like the price for him was not actually that high. So what went wrong?