Where Morse plays in 2014


Michael Morse is on the wrong side of 30 -- he turns 32 in March -- and is coming off a frustrating, injury-plagued season that went poorly in Seattle and only got worse after a late-season trade to Baltimore. Throw in the fact that he was among the worst defensive outfielders in the game, finishing with a -16 in defensive runs saved, and it's questionable whether the veteran slugger can be anything more than a DH from this point forward.

While the market isn't great for Morse this winter, several teams are reportedly interested, even with Morse looking for a one-year deal in the $7-8 million range.

One of them is the Houston Astros. Brian McTaggart of MLB.com writes Tuesday evening that Morse would fill the Astros' need for a first basemen if healthy.

"... A source told MLB.com the Astros have been talking with the agent for Morse, an outfielder/first baseman who has a history with (Bo) Porter," reports McTaggard. "When Morse played with the Nationals, Porter was the third base-coach. ..."

The San Francisco Giants are another team known to be interested, though Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com reports that the price tag and length of the deal could go beyond what they're willing to do. If SF does sign Morse to play left field, it'll mean going with the Pat Burrell-like approach they used on their way to the World Series championship in 2010, sacrificing defense for offense.

Joel Sherman of The New York Post reported Sunday that Texas, Colorado and Miami were others that could be in the mix.