After having stints with four other ball clubs, Michael Morse, a Fort Lauderdale, Florida product, is accepting an opportunity to play close to home. The Miami Marlins continued their busy off-season by reaching an agreement with the outfielder/first baseman on Tuesday.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 16, 2014
Morse, who will be 33-years-old by the start of next season, is coming off a productive year for the San Francisco Giants. The 10-year veteran hit 16 home runs and recorded 61 runs batted in, while posting a slugging percentage was at .475, and an on base percentage of .336, all in 131 games played. (the second highest total of games in his major league career).
The Marlins, who missed out on Adam LaRoche, are expecting Morse’s offensive production, when healthy, to help build their lineup around MVP-candidate Giancarlo Stanton. But this also makes Garrett Jones expendable, who will likely replaced at first base and in the batting order by Morse.
While the World Series Champion Giants were hoping to bring back Morse, they recognized that the market in need of offense would present many challenges for a reunion, although it was initially speculated that an American League team (Baltimore Orioles and Texas Rangers) would be the one to sign Morse to a multi-year deal.