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While most of us on the West Coast were trying to talk ourselves into getting out of our warm comfy beds since it was a cold morning in the bay area; the San Francisco Giants were busy agreeing to terms with outfielder Michael Morse to fill their hole in left field. Word on the street is it’s a one-year deal ($5 million with incentives). This means outfielder Gregor Blanco is now the fourth outfielder. This isn’t a platoon position anymore. With that said, Blanco will still be used as a late inning defensive replacement if the Giants have a lead.
Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com says the Giants had to pledge Morse an everyday role to sign him. Morse had other teams interested and had a higher offer on the table from the Houston Astros, so I’m sure he wasn’t interested in a platoon role.
“Big, big thunder,” An AL scout texted me shortly after the deal was announced. “Between he and Pence, (batting practice) will be an electric show.”
Morse will likely be in the five or six spot in the Giants batting order to start the season. After that, it all depends on how he’s swinging the bat. In 2011, Morse hit 31 homers with a .303 average, while driving in 95 runs for the Washington Nationals. In five career games at AT&T Park, Morse is hitting .316 with 1 homer and 4 RBI. Now tell me your thoughts on Morse as the Giants new left fielder in 2014?