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Michael Morse | First Baseman | #38

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (34) / 3/22/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 245
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2000 / Rd. 3 (0) / CWS
Contract: view contract details
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Pirates released 1B/OF Michael Morse.
He was designated for assignment last week. The Pirates are still on the hook for the remainder of his 2016 salary, which amounts to almost $5 million. Morse was hitless in eight at-bats prior to getting cut. The 34-year-old shouldn't have any trouble catching on with a new squad. Apr 21 - 4:21 PM

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Pirates designated 1B/OF Michael Morse for assignment.

Morse was hitless in eight at-bats with the Bucs. The veteran first baseman has been through this DFA process before and will probably latch on somewhere else within a couple of weeks. He has played for six different organizations over the last four seasons.
Apr 13 - 1:46 PM

Michael Morse went 2-for-2 with a walk Thursday as the Pirates defeated the Rays 13-8.

Morse was DHing today after missing a week with a hamstring injury. Assuming the hammy feels fine over the next couple of days, he'll begin the year on the active roster and play first base against left-handed pitchers.
Mar 31 - 5:07 PM

Michael Morse (hamstring) is in the Pirates' starting lineup on Thursday afternoon against the Rays.

Morse missed a week with a mild right hamstring strain. It shouldn't affect his ability to claim a spot on the Pirates' Opening Day bench as a backup first baseman, but he'll obviously need to avoid setbacks over the final couple days of spring training.
Mar 31 - 9:19 AM

Michael Morse (hamstring) remains a few days away from returning to action.

Morse left a game last Thursday with a right hamstring injury. He did shag fly balls during batting practice on Saturday, so it appears he's made some progress. Morse will see some playing time against lefties this season, although the Pirates' signing of David Freese wasn't good for his playing time outlook.
Mar 27 - 11:43 AM

Michael Morse left Thursday's game against the Orioles with a right hamstring injury.

Morse felt a tug while running the bases. He think it's a minor injury, but the timing obviously isn't great. Consider him questionable for Opening Day.
Mar 24 - 3:36 PM

Michael Morse worked out at third base on Friday and could be used as an emergency option there should Jung Ho Kang open the season on the disabled list.

It's a long shot that he'll actually be used there in a game situation. When asked about it, Morse joked, "If there's 28 innings and no one's left." The 33-year-old slugger, who came through the ranks as a shortstop, is expected to platoon at first base with John Jaso.
Source: MLB.com
Feb 27 - 8:28 AM

Michael Morse went 2-for-3 with an RBI single in Friday's win over the Cubs.

He provided a big blow in the seventh inning, breaking a 1-1 tie with a single to right field off Jon Lester that scored pinch-runner Keon Broxton. Morse was then promptly pinch-run for. He's hitting .322 in 38 games since landing with the Pirates.
Fri, Sep 25, 2015 05:33:00 PM

Michael Morse went 2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored as the Pirates fell to the Giants on Friday.

It was one of the better efforts in what has been a dismal offensive season for Morse. With the two-hit attack, he's now slashing .228/.298/.322 with four homers and 12 RBI on the season.
Fri, Aug 21, 2015 10:54:00 PM

Michael Morse is batting seventh and starting at first base Monday in his Pirates debut.

Morse was acquired from the Dodgers in a July 31 deadline trade. He had been shipped from Miami to Los Angeles one day prior as part of a big 13-player, three-team swap. The 33-year-old first baseman has struggled mightily this season and probably won't suddenly take on significant fantasy value with Pittsburgh.
Mon, Aug 3, 2015 03:00:00 PM

Pirates acquired 1B/OF Michael Morse from the Dodgers in exchange for OF Jose Tabata.

Morse was designated for assignment after the Dodgers picked him up in the three-team deal with the Marlins and Braves. He's hit only .214/.277/.314 in 173 plate appearances this season but offers the Pirates an option at first base against left-handed pitching.
Fri, Jul 31, 2015 04:23:00 PM

Dodgers designated 1B Michael Morse for assignment.

Morse was acquired on Thursday as part of the massive 13-player, three-team trade with the Marlins and Braves, but it's clear that he was just a salary dump. The 33-year-old is unlikely to attract much interest on waivers.
Thu, Jul 30, 2015 07:34:00 PM

Dodgers acquired 1B Michael Morse from the Marlins in the 13-player, three-team Mat Latos trade.

Morse doesn't fit all that well on the Dodgers' current roster and it seems possible that they might turn around and designate him for assignment to clear room for some of the other players they acquired in this massive swap. Morse, 33, was batting just .214/.277/.314 in 173 plate appearances this season for Miami.
Thu, Jul 30, 2015 04:34:00 PM

Jim Bowden of ESPN and SiriusXM reports that there is a third team involved in the trade sending Mat Latos and Michael Morse to the Dodgers.

Bowden says the deal will be "bigger than expected." There's a good chance it means Morse will be flipped to another team, as the Dodgers have little use for him. We should know more details later Wednesday.
Wed, Jul 29, 2015 03:43:00 PM

MLB.com's Joe Frisaro reports that Michael Morse "might just be dealt" to the Giants.

Morse, of course, had a nice season for the Giants last year. However, he's hit only .206/.268/.310 during an injury-shortened 2015 campaign and is owed $8 million next season. Plus, the Giants don't really have a need for him other than a bat off the bench. It's hard to see a fit unless the Marlins pay down the bulk of what remains on his contract.
Fri, Jul 24, 2015 12:45:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Francisco Cervelli
2Chris Stewart
3Eric Fryer
1B1John Jaso
2B1Josh Harrison
SS1Jordy Mercer
3B1Jung Ho Kang
2David Freese
3Sean Rodriguez
LF1Starling Marte
2Matt Joyce
CF1Andrew McCutchen
2Adam Frazier
RF1Gregory Polanco
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Gerrit Cole
2Francisco Liriano
3Jeff Locke
4Jameson Taillon
5Tyler Glasnow
6Steven Brault
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Mark Melancon
2Tony Watson
3Arquimedes Caminero
4Neftali Feliz
5Jared Hughes
6Juan Nicasio
7Ryan Vogelsong
8Jon Niese