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Michael Morse | First Baseman

Team: Miami Marlins
Age / DOB:  (33) / 3/22/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 245
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Michael Morse is out of the Marlins' starting lineup for Monday's series opener against the Nationals.
Justin Bour is starting at first base and hitting fifth versus Nats right-hander Jordan Zimmermann. Morse is batting just .193/.253/.284 on the young season. May 4 - 3:38 PM

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Michael Morse is not in the Marlins starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Phillies.

Morse has struggled mightily at the plate through the first month of the season, hitting a paltry .202/.264/.298 with two homers, eight RBI and a 25/5 K/BB ratio in 84 at-bats. Jeff Baker is starting in his place and batting fifth against left-hander Cole Hamels.
May 2 - 12:14 PM

Michael Morse went 3-for-3 and hit two homers to drive in all three Marlins runs Monday against the Mets.

Morse homered off Jacob deGrom and Buddy Carlyle, doubling his spring total in the process. He's set to serve as the Marlins' cleanup man this year behind two guys who should have terrific OBPs in Christian Yelich and Giancarlo Stanton.
Mar 23 - 4:12 PM

Michael Morse hit his second spring homer Tuesday in a losing cause against the Mets.

Morse is 7-for-19 with nine RBI so far. We wouldn't typically comment on spring RBI, but Morse is in a position to drive in a whole bunch of runs this year as the Marlins' cleanup man behind Christian Yelich and Giancarlo Stanton.
Mar 17 - 4:00 PM

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.
Wed, Dec 17, 2014 03:22:00 PM

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.
Tue, Dec 16, 2014 07:06:00 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.
Tue, Dec 16, 2014 01:58:00 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.
Tue, Dec 16, 2014 09:15:00 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.
Tue, Dec 16, 2014 08:30:00 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.
Sun, Dec 14, 2014 12:13:00 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.
Wed, Dec 10, 2014 01:10:00 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.
Tue, Dec 9, 2014 03:49:00 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.
Thu, Dec 4, 2014 05:05:00 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.
Wed, Dec 3, 2014 01:46:00 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.
Tue, Dec 2, 2014 09:23:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1J.T. Realmuto
2Jeff Mathis
3Jhonatan Solano
1B1Michael Morse
2Jeff Baker
3Justin Bour
2B1Dee Gordon
SS1Adeiny Hechavarria
2Donovan Solano
3B1Martin Prado
2Reid Brignac
LF1Christian Yelich
2Ichiro Suzuki
CF1Marcell Ozuna
2Don Kelly
RF1Giancarlo Stanton
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Mat Latos
2Henderson Alvarez
3Jarred Cosart
4Dan Haren
5Tom Koehler
6David Phelps
7Jose Fernandez
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Steve Cishek
2Mike Dunn
3A.J. Ramos
4Bryan Morris
5Sam Dyson
6Brad Hand
7Nick Masset
8Aaron Crow