As we look ahead to 2015, the market will open faster than you think. Like next week fast. With that in mind, we here at Friars on Base are going to look at different players in the free agent market may be able to help out the Padres. Let’s start by taking a look at World Series Champion Michael Morse.
Position: Left Field/ First Base
Stats: 131 games .279/.336/.475 16 HR 61 RBI
Previous Contract: one year $6 million
How he helps: When he’s healthy, he can put the ball out of any ball park at any time. If he comes to the Padres, I see him more as first baseman than in the outfield, though he did play some left in a big ball park in San Francisco last season.The Padres should be in on any and all power bats that may help in any way shape or form.
How he doesn’t: Morse turns 33 in March which could mean a decline is coming sooner rather than later. Coming off a championship, he could command more than the Padres wan’t to spend on him. Morse also has a hard time staying healthy. He has only played in more than 100 games three times in his career and always has something wrong with him.
Overall, Morse would certainly help, however, the market has all sorts of first base types in it this year that the Padres may want to go in another direction. I think Adam LaRoche would probably be a better fit the club.