SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Free-agent outfielder Michael Morse finalized a $6 million, one-year contract with the San Francisco Giants after passing his physical Tuesday.
Morse will head to spring training in February expected to become a power bat in the middle of the lineup and the team’s starting left fielder. That’s a spot general manager Brian Sabean looked to upgrade after his club missed the playoffs one season after winning a second World Series in three years.
Morse can earn an additional $3 million in performance bonuses. He can play several positions and will give manager Bruce Bochy some flexibility in writing his lineup. Gregor Blanco, a regular last season, is set to move into a fourth outfielder role.
“Great to have another power run producer bat in our lineup,” Bochy said in a text message. “A right-handed bat was a need in left field, so I’m excited we were able to land Morse, a proven bat.”
Morse was traded from Seattle to Baltimore on Aug. 30. He missed time this year with both a broken right pinkie and strained right quadriceps before returning from the disabled list in late July.
The 31-year-old is nine-year veteran. He batted .215 with 13 home runs and 27 RBIs in 88 games this year.
Morse reached agreement on his deal last Thursday at the end of the winter meetings in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
He will be part of an outfield featuring Angel Pagan in center field and Hunter Pence in right. Pagan received a $40 million, four-year contract last December, while Pence was rewarded with a $90 million, five-year contract before the season ended. He played every game this year.
San Francisco already has had a productive offseason. The Giants missed the playoffs one year after winning their second World Series championship in three years, and Sabean worked to keep his pitching staff intact.
Right-hander Ryan Vogelsong finalized a $5 million, one-year contract Dec. 4 to re-join a rotation featuring newcomer Tim Hudson, signed to a $23 million, two-year contract Nov. 19. Two-time NL Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum re-signed in late October for $35 million over two years, while lefty Madison Bumgarner and right-hander Matt Cain are already pitching on long-term contracts. The Giants also re-signed left-handed reliever Javier Lopez to a $13 million, three-year contract last month.
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