Mike Morse passes physical to join Giants: MLB moves
Slugger expected to be starting left fielder
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.
The 31-year-old is nine-year veteran. He batted .215 in 88 games last season with 13 home runs and 27 runs batted in.
Morse reached agreement on his deal last Thursday at the end of the winter meetings in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
He will be part of an outfield featuring Angel Pagan in centre field and Hunter Pence in right. Pagan received a $40 million, four-year contract last December, while Pence was rewarded with a $90 million, five-year contract before the season ended. He played every game this year.
Infante meets Royals media
The Kansas City Royals on Tuesday introduced Omar Infante, their new second baseman, one day
after announcing they had agreed to a four-year contract worth $30.25 million US that includes a club option for 2018.
"I really got to see this team up close and I was very impressed by what they did last year," Infante said, "and I think they're close to taking the next step."
Infante, who turns 32 next week, fills perhaps the most glaring hole that remained in the Royals lineup. Kansas City used six different options at second base last season, and none did enough to make the club feel comfortable about them in what could be a pivotal season for the franchise.
Infante has had some injury troubles in the past, including an ankle injury that he picked up during a collision at second base that limited him to 118 games last season.
But he still hit .318 with 10 homers and 51 RBIs, far better production than Kansas City got from its second basemen.