I know we need a leadoff hitter. Desmond/Espinosa/Lombo aren't longterm solutions. I also know that a Morse/Harper/Werth in the OF makes a weaker than you would like defensive outfield.
I don't know if it's going to happen this way, but I keep coming back to the solution: EITHER Morse or LaRouche being resigned to a longer deal to play 1B, with the other being traded. Perhaps packaged for a younger, strong defensive CF that can hit leadoff. productively.
I'd hate to lose either of the guys, but because of their ages they aren't in the longterm plans of the club 4-5 years down the road (Morse will be 31 next season, Larouche will be 33).