clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

MLB free agency: Marlins, Michael Morse agree to two-year deal

The 32-year-old slugger will return to the National League East.

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Following brief stints with the Mariners, Orioles, and Giants, outfielder and first baseman Michael Morse will make his return to the National League East, this time in a Marlins uniform. The two sides have agreed to a two-year deal, pending a physical.

A former third-round draft pick by the White Sox, Morse began his major league career with the Mariners in 2005, but injuries limited him to just 107 games in four seasons with Seattle. A year after getting traded to the Nationals, he settled down as the everyday left fielder for Washington, hitting .294/.343/.514 with 67 home runs in four seasons, highlighted by a .303/.360/.550 campaign in 2011 that earned him some MVP votes.

The Mariners reacquired Morse in 2013, but he hit just .226/.283/.410 in 307 plate appearances before being traded midway through the season to Baltimore, where he played just 12 games. The Giants signed Morse to a one-year deal in 2014, and he responded with a .279/.336/.475 season, playing a big part in the team's championship run while earning himself a multi-year deal with the Marlins in 2015.

Morse will presumably take over first base duties for Miami. He could also be used as part of a platoon with incumbent Garrett Jones, who bats left-handed.