That’s an impressive amount of man in the middle of your lineup, Miami.
The Marlins now have over 12 feet of manly power hitting in their lineup. To go along with Giancarlo Stanton, the Marlins have agreed in principle with the San Francisco Giants’ free agent 1B Michael Morse on a two year deal worth about $16M. Official word has not yet creeped out, but the machinations have been in the works for a few days now.
It couldn’t come at a better time.
The Marlins will be heading into the holiday break with their shopping list mostly complete. They have added a starting pitcher (possibly two when one counts Dan Haren along with Mat Latos), a second baseman (Dee Gordon), and now have an impressive power hitting first baseman in Michael Morse, who helped propel the Giants to a World Series championship.
Funny thing is, we were just prognosticating about this last night.
In Morse, the Marlins not only boost their power on the field, but they could even slide Garrett Jones to the bench as a lefty power bat, where he could also play some RF and 1B as well. Or they could shop him around.
Point is, Morse should hit behind Stanton, giving the Marlins two big thumper bats in the heart of their order. If Morse, a Fort Lauderdale product, can use his might at Marlins Park, there should be some special nights this summer. If Morse can resurrect his numbers from 2011, this could prove to be one of the best signings in baseball.
The Marlins also don’t have to continue to lose prospects; something they cannot afford to do at this point considering the 9 players they have already shedded to get where they are now. The Fish get to add the potent bat they want at 1B, and they get a relief from trading off their younger assets at the minor league level. It’s a pretty solid win all around. Now, let’s contemplate that batting order:
- Dee Gordon
- Christian Yelich
- Giancarlo Stanton
- Michael Morse
- Casey McGehee (you could switch Ozuna and McGehee…)
- Marcell Ozuna
- Jarrod Saltalamacchia
- Adeiny Hechavarria