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.