With the Miami Marlins unable to reach a deal with any first basemen, including left-handed hitter Justin Morneau, they have been in contact with first basemen/outfielder Michael Morse, according to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald.
The top free-agent first baseman option left on the open market, the 32-year-old is said to have had talks with the Marlins about potentially reaching a deal.
Marlins don’t want to trade Alvarez or Cosart for 1B.They’ve had more talks with FA Michael Morse in recent days;maybe best realistic option
— Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) December 14, 2014
Jackson also goes on to note that the Marlins rather sign a first baseman than trade for one, like Pittsburgh Pirates‘ third baseman/ first baseman Pedro Alvarez, as they would rather not trade one of their starting pitchers, like Henderson Alvarez or Jarred Cosart.
With Melky Cabrera recently signed by the Chicago White Sox for three years, $42 million ($14 million AAV), the other real enticing free agent hitter left on the free-agent board is Morse. Morse, who played a majority of his games in the outfield last season for the San Francisco Giants, played in only 43 games at first base.
During the 2014 campaign, Morse had a slash line of .279/.336/.475 with 16 home runs and 61 runs batted in over 482 plate appearances in 131 games played for the Giants.