Michael Morse signs with San Francisco Giants

Michael Morse signs with San Francisco Giants
December 12, 2013, 11:00 am
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Former Nats outfielder Michael Morse is returning to the National League after reaching a one-year deal with the San Francisco Giants worth $5 million plus incentives.

Morse split last season with the Mariners and Orioles after being traded from the Nats with one year left on his contract. He battled injuries for much of 2013 after a hot start and finished with a disappointing .215 average, 13 home runs and 27 RBI. That was after a 2012 season when he hit .291 with 18 homers and 62 RBI for the Nationals, a year that was also affected by injury.

Morse will join his fourth major league team in San Francisco and potentially become their starting left fielder. Andrew Baggarly of CSN Bay Area says Morse will compete for the spot with veteran Gregor Blanco.

Morse was rumored in recent days to be talking with the Astros. He was linked to the Giants a week ago, but those talks were thought to have died down.

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The 31-year-old Morse suffered a broken pinkie finger and strained right quadriceps muscle in 2013 and played in just 88 games. He was hoping to turn last season into a multi-year deal, but injuries prevented him from showing what he could do. It appears Morse will enter 2014 under similar circumstances, hoping to stay healthy and earn a more secure contract for 2015 and beyond.

Morse will bring a considerable amount of power to the Giants lineup that already has Buster Posey, Hunter Pence and Pablo Sandoval. Brandon Belt is also an emerging young player. The Giants could have a much deeper lineup next season as they look to make a postseason return.

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