Michael Morse is a big fella.
He’s 6’5″ and has immense power and yes, he’s a Florida native. More importantly, he can fill a position of need for the Marlins at 1B and add a right handed power bat in the lineup to hit behind Giancarlo Stanton. That is two big dudes staring down pitchers from the right side.
Morse is also a guy that can hit and has done it in the past. Check his 2011 numbers. He has 99 HRs so far and a .281 AVG over the course of his career. He does have a high tendency to strike out a bit with 576 Ks vs. 645 Hs over that career. But he’s available and he does fit what the Marlins are trying to do – which is upgrade their power at 1B. Morse has the stature of a big time power hitter and being wedged between Stanton and Casey McGehee may see him return to 2011 numbers.
What is good about a free agent is, it costs nothing but cash. The Marlins have just paid quite a ransom, sending away several of their major pitching prospects to shore up their big league roster. Signing Morse would be just a matter of signing a contract.
Marlins don't want to trade Alvarez or Cosart for 1B.They've had more talks with FA Michael Morse in recent days;maybe best realistic option
— Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) December 14, 2014
As Barry Jackson noted, the Marlins are players in a potential deal here for Morse. He also has some experience playing for a winner, hitting a home run for the World Series champion San Francisco Giants. Character makeup. Power bat. Big frame. Florida kid from Fort Lauderdale.
Even if he replicates his numbers from 2014, .279/.336/.475 with 16 HRs, the Marlins would be getting an upgrade over Garrett Jones.
If the numbers are right, this is the right move for the Fish.