Could Michael Morse return to the National League?

Could Michael Morse return to the National League?
December 8, 2013, 6:00 pm
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Former Nationals player Michael Morse is still out on the free agent market looking for a deal after splitting time with the Mariners and Orioles last season, with many expecting him to stay in the American League due to his injury history and playing style. A new report, however, has Morse linked to a National League team and their starting left fielder position.

Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle said on Saturday the Giants are considering Morse, but could be more interested in trading for an outfielder. Morse has played plenty of left field over the last few years, as well as at first base and as a designated hitter.

Morse started last year in Seattle before joining the Orioles in a trade in late August. His combined numbers weren't great because of injuries, he played in 88 total games with a .215 average, 13 home runs and 27 RBI.  

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The thought before 2013 was that Morse was a year away from cashing in on a multi-year deal, but a disappointing season lowered his value. Now Morse - 32 on Opening Day - is in the middle of the free agent pack, possibly looking for a one-year deal to reset and play for a better contract.

Morse's last year in Washington was also injury shortened, but much more productive. He played 102 games on the MLB-best 2012 Nats and hit .291 with 18 homers and 62 RBI.