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Michael Morse, Giants finalize $6 million, 1-year deal

  • FILE - In this Sept. 1, 2013 file photo, Baltimore Orioles' Michael Morse singles during the second inning of the baseball game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium in New York. Free-agent outfielder Michael Morse has finalized a $6 million, one-year contract with the San Francisco Giants after passing his physical Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

SAN FRANCISCO — 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.


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