Originally written on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 4/24/15

The San Francisco Giants were long rumored to be going after an upgrade in left field and someone who would allow Gregor Blanco to be a fourth outfielder. The Giants were exploring both free agent and trade options. Names like Shin-Shoo Choo and Michael Morse were the names most likely linked with the Giants but were thought to be too expensive. There were also some trade options like Alejandro De Aza of the Chicago White Sox, Brett Gardner of the New York Yankees and  even Domonic Brown of the Philadelphia Phillies was available for the right price. The Giants are hoping Michael Morse can rediscover his 2011 form where he hit 31 home runs and drove in over 90 runs The Giants have spent this offseason signing guys to bargain contracts ( see Tim Hudson and Hunter Pence). Their mindset was that if the right man was available they would make a move for him. The Giants locked down Michael Morse early Thursday morning after some experts expected him to go to the Houston Astros, who offered him more money than the Giants. Morse chose the Giants for a bargain contract of 1 year and 6 million. That’s a low risk high reward signing by the Giants assuming that Morse can have a 2010 Pat Burrell type impact or better. Morse was someone the Giants wanted this whole offseason as Giants Manager Bruce Bochy is a big fan of Morse both for his play and attitude in the clubhouse. Morse has something to prove after coming off a very disappointing season which was split between the Seattle Mariners and Baltimore Orioles. He only hit 215 with a 270 OBP and 13 homeruns. Those numbers were a far cry from the 31 home run season he produced with the Washington Nationals in 2011. Being fair to Morse, he was battling a wrist injury which hindered him, so 2014 will be an opportunity for Morse to prove himself. The Giants signed Morse instead of trading for a guy like Domonic Brown who would mean giving up some top pitching prospects The Giants chose Morse over a trade for someone like a Domonic Brown who was rumored to be on the Giants short list of trade candidates. The Phillies are still willing to move Brown, but it will most likely take a big offer to acquire him, like some young pitching prospects that the Giants were unwilling to give up. Brown is obviously younger than Morse and has a much higher ceiling as he was coming into his own with the Phillies before injuries put a damper on his season. If the Giants choose to trade for Brown he would more than likely be looked at as more of a long term solution than Morse who’s more of a short term fix. The Giants went with Morse because he was cheaper and is a much more proven hitter at the big league level than Brown is right now. The Giants acquired Morse for his bat. However, there’s serious concerns about his defense, both first baseman and left fielder. The Giants have said that they will do with Morse what they did with Burrell in 2010, which is replace him with a better defensive player (Blanco) in the later innings. The Giants expect Morse who is now healthy to do his damage in innings 1-7 and then sub him out once the Giants have the lead. Morse will probably cost the Giants several runs throughout the season with his fielding, but if he makes them up with his bat then the Giants can live with his defense. The Giants also signed Morse because they were more interested in getting a right handed hitter rather than another lefty as in Brown or Choo would be. The Giants expect Morse to be their everyday left fielder, but if that doesn’t work out he’ll at least be able to platoon with Blanco which wouldn’t be the end of the world. Morse can also play first base and Bochy said Morse could play first base against lefties. But given current first baseman Brandon Belt’s season last year it seems unlikely that Morse will see a lot of time at first base. With signing Morse the Giants strenghten their lineup by adding another power bat. If they stay healthy and the pitching staff pitches better than last season, they will be ready to compete in the National League West with the Dodgers and the Diamondbacks.

Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Turner has great quote in defense of Bridgewater

Gary Bettman's quote about expansion makes no sense

Beltre sends Richards invoice for three broken bats

Herschel Walker: Vikings should trade Adrian Peterson

Report: Raiders fielding calls about fourth overall pick


WATCH: UAB football player brings helmet to graduation

Andrew Luck to students: 'I'm only 25, I don't have advice'

Mark Sanchez: Tebow is another arm while Bradford recovers

Report: Former LSU CB Jalen Collins failed multiple drug tests

Six players suspended for White Sox-Royals brawl

Stephen A. Smith blasts Brady for missing White House visit

John Legend catches Belichick checking out Chrissy Teigen

Jim Rice to Jim Palmer: 'Quit complaining'

Time Warner-Comcast failed merger hurts Dodgers fans

WATCH: Bucks mascot devours fan

Protestors tried to have Orioles-Red Sox game called off

Greg Hardy abandons his Bentley during flash flood

WATCH: LeBron James hits full-court shot after practice

Peyton Manning announces $3 million gift to Tennessee

WATCH: Leah Still scores TD in Temple spring game

WATCH: Todd Gurley shares video of himself sprinting

5 most boring NFL prime time matchups for 2015

Steve Carell, Emma Stone to star in Bobby Riggs-Billie Jean King film

Giants News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

UAB player brings helmet to graduation

Leah Still scores in Temple spring game

Sanchez shares thoughts on Tebow

Stephen A. Smith blasts Tom Brady

Kris Humphries apologizes for Jenner tweet

5 boring NFL prime time matchups

Bruce Jenner: "For all intents and purposes, I am a woman"

Jameis Winston vs. Marcus Mariota: Perception vs. reality

Report: Gronk dating former Patriots cheerleader

NFL exec compares Jameis Winson to JaMarcus Russell

NFL does not care about Rams' future in St. Louis

Nothing gleams like late-round draft gold

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.