Details of Morse's new contract

Details of Morse's new contract
January 23, 2012, 11:04 pm
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Michael Morse's new contract with the Nationals includes some significant raises.

The left fielderfirst baseball agreed to a two-year, 10.5 million extension on Friday, a deal that bought out his two remaining years of arbitration. Details of that contract emerged today, and according to the Associated Press, Morse will earn salaries of 3.25 million in 2012 and 6.75 million in 2013.

The deal also includes a 500,000 signing bonus, bringing the total value to 10.5 million.

Morse made only 1.05 million last season, his first of arbitration-eligibility. But after posting a breakthrough offensive season, he earned that sizable bump.

Morse, who had never been an everyday regular in the big leagues before, took advantage of his increased playing time in 2011. He wound up leading the Nationals with a .303 average, 31 homers and 95 RBI while ranking fourth in the NL with a .550 slugging percentage.