ORLANDO -- On the way out of the Winter Meetings, the Giants finally found their left fielder. The club agreed to a one-year deal with slugger Michael Morse on Thursday morning, pending a physical.

According to ESPN's Buster Olney, Morse will get a base salary of about $5 million, with the opportunity to earn more through incentives.

Morse, 31, is coming off a down year with the Baltimore Orioles and Seattle Mariners. He hit just .215 in 88 games, with a .270 on-base percentage and 13 homers. The Giants are hopeful that Morse can find the 31-homer form he showed for the Washington Nationals in 2011 and the power that the lineup is sorely missing. The Giants finished 29th in the majors with just 107 homers a year ago, and had been looking at a platoon of Gregor Blanco and Juan Perez, two hitters known more for their defense.

The Giants hope Michael Morse can provide their lineup with some power after San Francisco agreed to a one-year contract with the free-agent outfielder.
The Giants hope Michael Morse can provide their lineup with some power after San Francisco agreed to a one-year contract with the free-agent outfielder. (Associated Press)

Morse, who hits from the right side, is listed at 6-foot-5 and 245 pounds, and will fit the Pat Burrell mold the Giants used so successfully in 2010. While the Giants prefer sound defensive players, manager Bruce Bochy often pointed out last season that the club had for years gotten by with poor defenders in left field.

While Morse brings significant pop, there's also a strong injury risk; he has played more than 102 games just once and dealt with a strained quad last season. Still, one industry insider said Wednesday that he felt Morse should be the guy for the Giants, saying the club needed to swing for the fences.

"He'll either miss most the season or hit 28 homers," the source said. "But he's definitely worth the risk."



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