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With the Michael Morse deal now official our left field position is set, and we all know he can play some first base as well. Manager Bruce Bochy has went on record saying Brandon Belt is the first baseman, and also his number three hitter in the lineup. However, he could envision Belt/Morse swapping positions if Morse legs are sore says Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle (via Twitter).
Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com (via Twitter) says he was told that Morse will make $6 million with another $3 million possible in incentives based on plate appearances. If Morse can get back to his 2011 form (.303, 31 homers and 95 RBI), this deal will definitely be worth the $9 million (added incentives).
For those of you fans that were hoping for another big splash this offseason, it’s not going to happen. Alex Pavlovic of the San Jose Mercury News chimes in on the Giants budget (via Twitter), and reports that GM Brian Sabean said the Morse deal “puts us up against our number.”
In another Pavlovic tweet, he says the Giants checked in on pitcher Mark Mulder, but Mulder’s looking for a more than they could offer. He’s looking for a major league contract. I’m not sure Mulder’s going to get that anywhere since he’s been out of the game for a bit (last game was in 2008). However, I do wish him luck with his comeback!
Since we’re on former Oakland Athletics that are linked to the Giants, pitcher Andrew Carignan has tweeted that he’s coming back to the bay area and it’s not with the Athletics. He’s excited for his opportunity with the Giants, so it sounds like he’s signed a deal with the Giants. I’m not sure on the specifics as of yet…
Ex-Giant Travis Ishikawa has signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates. This is Ishikawa’s fifth team since the Giants says John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle (via Twitter).
The San Jose Giants have extended their lease through the 2018 season to continue to play at Municipal Stadium. Nice to know we can still continue to go check out our farm system and top prospects as they make their way through San Jose.