The San Francisco Giants have added Michael Morse to a one-year deal in an effort to add some offense to their outfield. The deal is pending a physical. Morse, if healthy, should add some pop to a Giants’ lineup that ranked 21st in Major League Baseball in runs scored with 629 and 29th in home runs with 107.
Morse, who will be 32 in March, is coming off of a down year. He appeared in only 88 games because of injury and hit just .215/.270/.381 with 13 home runs between the Seattle Mariners and Baltimore Orioles. In 2012 with the Washington Nationals, Morse hit .291/.321/.470 with 18 home runs in 102 games. His best season came in 2011 when he slashed .303/.360/.550 with 31 home runs in 146 games.
The issue with Morse has always been his health. He has appeared in over 100 games only twice in his nine-year career which began as a utility player with the Mariners. It wasn’t until 2010, his age 28 season, that Morse finally got a shot to showcase his ability with the Nationals. Last season, Morse dealt with a quad and wrist injury and in the past has dealt with a myriad of other injuries ranging from strained back muscles to a torn labrum to a torn medial meniscus.
If healthy though Morse should bring some pop to the Giants’ lineup. He did slug .514 with 67 home runs across four seasons (378 games) in Washington. If he can revert back to the player he was in D.C. the Giants have gotten themselves a good bat without having to commit a lot of money or years.
Morse will try to rebuild his value before hitting the free agent market again next year in the hopes of landing a more lucrative deal before age catches up to him.