Free Agent Focus – LF - Mike Morse


Mike Morse was a 3rd round draft pick, in 2000, by the Chicago White Sox.

Morse played 4 ½ years in the White Sox system, rising to AA-ball in 2004. Halfway through that season, he was acquired by the Mariners along with Miguel Olivo and Jeremy Reed for Freddy Garcia and Ben Davis.

He played parts of five seasons for Seattle, which included two DL stints (torn labrum and torn medial meniscus) and a 10-game suspension for PEDs. In April 2009, he cleared waivers and was assigned to AAA.

The Mariners eventually traded Morse to Washington for OF Ryan Langerhans. He played his best baseball for Washington, hitting 15-HRs, 41-RBI in 266-ABs in 2010 and 522-AB, 31-HR, 95-RBI in 2011.

The Washington Nationals traded Morse to the Seattle Mariners on January 16, 2013 in a three team deal sending catcher John Jaso from Seattle to the Oakland Athletics and minor-league pitchers A. J. Cole, Blake Treinen and a player to be named later (Ian Krol) from Oakland to Washington.

His last trade was in August 2013 when Seattle traded Morse to the Baltimore Orioles for Xavier Avery.

He signed a one-year, $6mil contract with San Francisco for this past season and began the season as their starting left fielder. He moved to first base after a team injury and his 2014 stat line was 438-AB, .279/.339/.475/.814, 16-HR, 61-RBI.

Mike Morse will play the 2015 season as a 33-year old.


Thomas Brennan said...

Wonder what sort of contract he'd demand. His #s not bad. Delmon likely cheaper, and DY is 4-5 years younger. I'd lean to Delmon if I'm an owner on a lower budget.

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