The San Francisco Giants needed a left fielder, preferably with some power, and they finally found one in Michael Morse. Today the Giants and Morse agreed to a one-year deal worth $5 million.
The deal seems to be a perfect fit. The Giants needed a consistent hitter and everyday left fielder because Gregor Blanco had only shown one-half of the equation; he can play everyday, but his batting average has been low and he has little to no power. Morse has been injury-prone throughout his career, but had an exceptional 2011, where he hit .303 with 31 home runs and 95 runs batted in and a .550 slugging percentage with the Nationals. It’s a big upgrade for the Giants as long as he stays healthy.
For Morse, it’s a win as well. He has only had one postseason experience and San Francisco gives him the opportunity to do just that. The $5 million deal is pretty good considering he only played 88 games last season and Bruce Bochy has shown confidence in him to take the reins in left. If he can play everyday and hit like he did in 2011, he should get a bigger deal next offseason.
In conclusion, a deal that may seem like a blip on the free agency screen may amount to a big deal in the 2014 major league season. If Morse lives up to expectations, his presence in the Giants’ outfield could possibly help them to their third World Series title in five years.