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Michael Morse | Outfielder

Team: Miami Marlins
Age / DOB:  (32) / 3/22/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 245
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Marlins signed 1B/OF Michael Morse to a two-year, $16 million contract.
Morse hit .279/.336/.475 with 16 homers and 61 RBI in 131 games for the Giants last season. While he is 32 years old, Morse has shown a consistent bat when he's healthy and at a cheap price, he should provide nice numbers and veteran leadership for a Marlins offense that's coming together this off-season. Dec 17 - 3:22 PM

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FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Michael Morse will receive $16 million over two years in his contract with the Marlins.

He can also earn more in performance bonuses. Earlier reports suggested that Morse's deal was for $12 million or even $8 million, but the $16 million figure makes more sense. The former Giant figures to receive the bulk of the playing time at first base for the Marlins, though Garrett Jones should see some starts versus lefties if he's not traded.
Dec 16 - 7:06 PM

Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports that Michael Morse's two-year deal with the Marlins is in the $12 million range.

If the report is correct, that's a very reasonable price to pay for an upgrade at first base. Morse batted .279 with 16 home runs and an .811 OPS (including a 130 OPS+) this past season and should be less of a liability defensively with a move away from the oufield. The Marlins could either use him as their everyday first baseman or platoon him with Garrett Jones.
Dec 16 - 1:58 PM

Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports that the Marlins have agreed to a two-year contract with Michael Morse, pending a physical.

The financial terms aren't yet available. The Marlins have been very active this offseason and the addition of Morse further strengthens their lineup. The 32-year-old batted .279/.336/.475 with 16 homers and 61 RBI in 131 games this past season with the Giants. The Marlins could either go with a Morse/Garrett Jones combo at first base or try to deal Jones.
Dec 16 - 9:15 AM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Marlins are close to signing Michael Morse.

No word yet on the terms being discussed. If signed, Morse would presumably take over the starting first base job for the Marlins, which could make Garrett Jones available via trade. Morse turns 32 in March and batted .279/.336/.475 with 16 homers and 61 RBI in 131 games for the Giants last season.
Dec 16 - 8:30 AM

Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports that the Marlins have "had more talks" with Michael Morse in recent days.

Jackson says that Morse might be the team's "best realistic option" at first base, as they don't want to trade Henderson Alvarez or Jarred Cosart for help at the position. Morse has also drawn interest from the Orioles and Rangers as a potential designated hitter. The 32-year-old batted .279/.336/.475 with 16 homers and 61 RBI in 131 games for the Giants last season.
Dec 14 - 12:13 PM

Alex Pavlovic of the San Jose Mercury News reports that the Giants are "not focused" on re-signing Michael Morse.

Morse was productive with the Giants this past season and played hero during the postseason, but they naturally have major concerns about his defense in left field. The 32-year-old has reportedly drawn interest from the Marlins as a first baseman and the Rangers and Orioles as a potential DH.
Dec 10 - 1:10 PM

According to MLB.com's Joe Frisaro, the Marlins are considering signing Michael Morse.

Miami is also interested in trading for the Rockies' Justin Morneau. It's all part of an ongoing search for a reliable starting first baseman. Morse, who's being courted by several teams, batted .279/.336/.475 with 16 homers and 61 RBI in 131 games for the Giants this past season.
Dec 9 - 3:49 PM

Giants assistant general manager Bobby Evans indicated Thursday that Michael Morse could be primed to sign elsewhere.

"He’s got interest from other suitors on a multiyear basis, and the market may ultimately sweep him away," said Evans. The Giants remain in touch with Morse, but Evans said left field is not considered the highest priority because they have depth with Gregor Blanco, Juan Perez, and Travis Ishikawa. Morse has drawn interest as a DH option from American League clubs, including the Rangers and Orioles.
Dec 4 - 5:05 PM

USA Today's Bob Nightengale reported that the Rangers are exploring the possibility of signing OF Michael Morse.

With Torii Hunter returning to the Twins, the Rangers are looking elsewhere for offensive options. Morse batted .279/.336/.475 for the Giants last season. Nightengale reported on Tuesday that the Orioles were also showing "strong interest" in the outfielder.
Dec 3 - 1:46 PM

USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that the Orioles have "strong interest" in Michael Morse.

Nelson Cruz has agreed to terms with the Mariners, leaving a hole at designated hitter that Morse can fill. He's best suited for a DH role, as it should help keep him healthy and he can just focus on hitting. Morse batted .279/.336/.475 with 16 homers and 61 RBI for the Giants this past season.
Dec 2 - 9:23 PM

Reds general manager Walt Jocketty confirmed Friday that Michael Morse and Nori Aoki are potential targets through free agency.

Jocketty noted that the team prefers to add a bat through free agency as opposed to through a trade. Morse would also be a nice insurance policy at first base, as there's no telling how the oft-injured Joey Votto is going to rebound.
Nov 7 - 8:41 PM

Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that the Mets could consider free agent outfielder/first baseman Michael Morse.

It makes some sense on paper, as the Mets want a corner outfielder and aren't willing to give up a draft pick to sign someone like Melky Cabrera or Michael Cuddyer. Morse would also give the Mets a platoon option for Lucas Duda at first base against lefties. However, there are serious concerns about his ability to play the outfield on a regular basis. He might be better suited for an American League team at this point in his career. The 32-year-old batted .279/.336/.475 with 16 home runs and 61 RBI over 131 games this past season.
Nov 5 - 8:44 AM

Michael Morse had two RBI, including driving in the game-winning run, in the Giants' Game 7 World Series win Wednesday.

With the bases loaded in the second inning, Morse drove in the first run of the game with a sacrifice fly. But it was an opposite-field single with a runner at third base in the fourth inning that gave the Giants a 3-2 lead that they wouldn't relinquish. His outfield defense made him a non-factor for the three games in San Francisco, but Morse found a way to contribute as a designated hitter in the Royals' park. He ended his first World Series with four RBI and two runs scored.
Oct 29 - 11:21 PM

Michael Morse will serve as the designated hitter in Game 6 of the World Series against the Blue Jays on Tuesday.

Morse was limited to pinch-hitting duties while the series was in San Francisco, but he's back now that the Giants have the luxury of the DH. Travis Ishikawa will start in left field. The full lineup: Gregor Blanco CF, Joe Panik 2B, Buster Posey C, Pablo Sandoval 3B, Hunter Pence RF, Brandon Belt 1B, Morse DH, Ishikawa LF, Brandon Crawford SS. Jake Peavy will pitch against Yordano Ventura as the Giants attempt to finish off their third World Series title in the past five seasons.
Oct 28 - 3:09 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Jarrod Saltalamacchia
2Jeff Mathis
3J.T. Realmuto
4Jhonatan Solano
1B1Michael Morse
2Jeff Baker
3Justin Bour
2B1Martin Prado
2Scott Sizemore
SS1Adeiny Hechavarria
2Donovan Solano
3Miguel Rojas
3B1Martin Prado
2Casey McGehee
LF1Christian Yelich
2Reed Johnson
CF1Marcell Ozuna
RF1Giancarlo Stanton
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Mat Latos
2Henderson Alvarez
3Jarred Cosart
4Dan Haren
5Tom Koehler
6David Phelps
7Brad Hand
8Justin Nicolino
9Jose Fernandez
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Steve Cishek
2Mike Dunn
3A.J. Ramos
4Bryan Morris
5Aaron Crow
6Carter Capps
7Sam Dyson
8Matt Ramsey