On Thursday, The San Francisco Giants filled a big hole. They signed Mike Morse to a 1-YR $5M contract. The deal will include performance based incentives that could bring the total to $6M.
The 31-year-old 9-year veteran, batted only .215 with 13 home runs and 27 RBIs in 88 games between the Mariners and Orioles in 2013 due to injuries. Luckily, there was more success prior to the injury filled season. Morse’s career line is .281 BA / .334 OBP /.473 SLG with 83 HRs which would suggest that he may be a bargain for the Giants. His best season was with the Washington Nationals in 2011 when Morse hit .303/.360/.550 with 31 home runs and 36 doubles in 575 plate appearances but has not played a full season since. His career statistics show a better picture of what Giants fans should expect out him even 100% healthy. This is still acceptable compared to what we had last year between Gregor Blanco, Andres Torres and Jeff Franceour who combined for a batting average of .254 with only 5HR.
Morse tends to strike out a lot but he is a pure HR hitter from the right side. If he can give us a 2014 season similar to his career numbers with about 15-20 HRs, he will be a huge boost to San Francisco’s lineup. The downside is that he will be playing LF and he is not considered a good fielder. He could be a liability. If that is the case, they can play him at First and let Brandon Belt play left field. In the later innings, when defense is needed, they will have Gregor Blanco available as the 4th Outfielder.
- San Francisco Giants Sign Left Fielder Mike Morse to a One-Year Deal (bleacherreport.com)
- Giants Reportedly Signing Mike Morse To Play Left Field (sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com)