Already one of the most surprising teams this offseason after trading for second baseman Dee Gordon and pitcher Mat Latos, the Miami Marlins may not be done just yet. They’ve been searching for a first baseman to add to their lineup, and they may have found one who didn’t even play the position last season.
The team is reportedly in talks with outfielder/first baseman Michael Morse, who would be playing first base if he signed with the Marlins. Since Miami is already much improved from a season ago, adding Morse may be one of the final moves they need to make in order to seriously challenge for a playoff spot in the National League.
Morse would certainly provide some much-needed power to the Marlins, who don’t generate a lot of long balls outside of slugger Giancarlo Stanton, as he hit 16 homers in just 482 plate appearances a season ago. He had an even better season when he was in Washington in 2011, hitting .301 with 31 home runs and driving in 95 runs.
It’s unlikely he will be able to duplicate his 2011 production, but if he can even come close to his 2014 numbers, the Marlins would be thrilled. Since the first base market is particularly dry this offseason, Morse might be Miami’s last free agent choice for the position this offseason. After he signs somewhere, they would likely have to trade for a first baseman.
Obviously, not having to trade for a first baseman and give up valuable prospects appeals to the Marlins. On top of that, Morse has the upside that could get them a very good first baseman for a relatively low cost. If the Marlins are serious about contending as they’ve told fans and Stanton they are, they’ll ink Morse to a deal and beef up their playoff hopes even more.