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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Giants find their left fielder, sign Mike Morse to one-year deal

San Fran is imposing a Morse code.

On the way out of Orlando, the Giants finally found their left fielder. The club agreed to a one-year deal with slugger Michael Morse on Thursday morning, pending a physical.

Morse, 31, is coming off a down year with the Baltimore Orioles and Seattle Mariners. He hit just .215 in 88 games, with a .270 on-base percentage and 13 homers. The Giants are hopeful that Morse can find the 31-homer form he showed for the Washington Nationals in 2011 and the power that the lineup is sorely missing. The Giants finished 29th in the majors with just 107 homers a year ago, and had been looking at a platoon of Gregor Blanco and Juan Perez, two hitters known more for their defense.

In parts of nine big league seasons, Morse is hitting .281 with 83 homers and a .334 OBP.

Morse, who hits from the right side, is listed at 6-foot-5 and 245 pounds, and will fit the Pat Burrell mold the Giants used so successfully in 2010. While the Giants prefer sound defensive players, manager Bruce Bochy often pointed out last season that the club had for years gotten by with poor defenders in left field. In close games, he’ll have the option of removing Morse early, with both Gregor Blanco and Juan Perez expected to be on the bench.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 12, 2013 at 11:12 AM | 7 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. TerpNats Posted: December 12, 2013 at 02:01 PM (#4616787)
If anything, it ends those stupid "Morse returns to D.C." fantasies from the dumber segment of the Nationals faithful. They should be made to follow the Redskins.
   2. Steve Treder Posted: December 12, 2013 at 02:20 PM (#4616801)
Sounds like a reasonable low-cost way to plug the hole, assuming whatever it was that was bothering him in 2013 (wrist, I presume?) is all better, because he basically hit nothing from June onward.
   3. JE (Jason Epstein) Posted: December 12, 2013 at 02:28 PM (#4616808)
Morse is going to patrol AT&T Park's left field? Cue up the laugh track.
   4. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: December 12, 2013 at 02:33 PM (#4616816)
Morse is going to patrol AT&T Park's left field? Cue up the laugh track.

I think he's mostly just going to stand there and wave as the doubles and triples go by.
   5. Steve Treder Posted: December 12, 2013 at 02:34 PM (#4616818)
Morse is going to patrol AT&T Park's left field? Cue up the laugh track.

No doubt, but he can't possibly be any slower than Pat Burrell (with whom they won it all in 2010), or late-period Barry Bonds.

Right field/center field at AT&T is the canyon. The left field isn't expansive.
   6. just plain joe Posted: December 12, 2013 at 03:12 PM (#4616881)
I think he's mostly just going to stand there and wave as the doubles and triples go by.


The Greg Luzinski "defense".
   7. dr. scott Posted: December 12, 2013 at 06:00 PM (#4617035)
Right field/center field at AT&T is the canyon. The left field isn't expansive.


Agreed. Left field is no worse than most. However, watching Soriano play there for the cubs a few games last season was a bit of a horror show, but that was probably just becasue it was cold.

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