Michael Morse
Michael Morse

Michael Morse (1B,LF)

San Francisco Giants

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The Pirates have designated 1B/OF Michael Morse for assignment.

Fantasy Impact: Morse won a bench role with the team this spring but failed to collect a hit in his first eight at-bats of the regular season. Even if he returns to the majors this season, it will likely be in a reserve/platoon role.

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The Milwaukee Brewers continue their dominance over Pittsburgh, but Michael Morse went 2-for-2 as he replaced Pedro Alvarez in last night's loss. Morse had a triple and a double while scoring a run.

Fantasy Impact: Morse has not played enough to be viable in fantasy leagues, but consider he batted .303 in August and tacked on another 2-for-2 evening last night. Monitor the struggles of Pedro Alvarez with the bat. Morse may receive more playing time down the stretch.

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The Pirates fell to the San Francisco Giants on Friday by the score of 6-4. Three Pirates had two hits in the loss, including Michael Morse. He doubled, walked and scored two runs and is now batting .228 for the season.

Fantasy Impact: Morse has only nine extra-base hits in 180 at-bats. He's struck out 60 times and has a woeful .620 OPS, compared to his career average of .795. Morse is not seeing much playing time, and generally is not producing when he does.

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The Pittsburgh Pirates were able to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers in extra innings off of the bat of Pedro Alvarez. Gerrit Cole also pitched a solid six innings to keep the Pirates in the game.

Fantasy Impact: Michael Morse went 0-for-3 on Friday night against the Dodgers. Morse is only batting .212 on the season, which is one of the lowest on the team. Morse will be a platoon guy with Travis Ishikawa and Pedro Alvarez. Whoever is playing best will get the starts at first base, so Morse is a valid fantasy option.

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Michael Morse, who has been playing some outfield and first base for the Marlins, was acquired by the Dodgers on Wednesday night in a huge three-team deal with the Atlanta Braves. (Source: MLB Trade Rumors)

Fantasy Impact: This move is likely detrimental to Michael Morse's fantasy value, as Adrian Gonzalez is a clearly superior first baseman (to most of MLB, not just Morse) and the Dodgers outfield is already crowded with Yasiel Puig, Carl Crawford, Joc Pederson and Scott Van Slyke. It is assumed that Morse will likely be a power bat off of the bench.

Michael Morse homers in win

Wed, Jul 22nd 8:40am EDT
By Roy Widrig

Michael Morse went deep in the seventh inning off of Jeremy Hellickson on Tuesday, his fourth of the season.

Fantasy Impact: Hopefully this will get Morse going. He's struggled so far in 2015 to a .211/4/12 line, but spent a considerable amount of time on the disabled list as well.

Marlins left-fielder Michael Morse finished 2-for-3 on Friday with a strikeout versus the Phillies.

Fantasy Impact: The two hits were both singles and the rest of the Marlins were unable to bring Morse in to score. With Ozuna and Stanton out of the lineup, the Marlins will need some production out of the big man.

Michael Morse is back in Miami after returning from a DL rehab assignment in Triple-A New Orleans due to a tweaked back muscle. (Source: Clark Spencer on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: His return should come on Friday or over the weekend during the Fish's three-game set against the Cubs. A right finger sprain is what originally placed Morse on the 15-day DL on May 23.

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MLB.com's Joe Frisaro sees Michael Morse returning to the Marlins by Monday. (Source: Joe Frisaro on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: They will need Morse's powerful bat now that they're without Giancarlo Stanton's for a while. He'll likely be activated on Saturday after playing well through his rehab assignment.

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Michael Morse may be reactivated during a homestand that runs through June 30. (Source: Sun-Sentinel)

Fantasy Impact: He's been rehabbing his sprained right finger and hit .286/.375/.476 with a dinger in six rehab games. Despite a sad line of .211/.268/.289, he will likely start to receive the majority of time at first base with Justin Bour's recent demise.

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Michael Morse had batting practice Saturday for the first time since hitting the DL in late May from a sprained finger. He may reportedly start a rehab assignment Wednesday. (Source: Miami Herald)

Fantasy Impact: "It's coming around," Marlins manager Dan Jennings said of Morse's injury. "I think now he's actually swinging the bat without the pain in his joint, and the swelling has gone down. His next step will be to go out and get some at bats (in the minors) from a timing standpoint." Morse should be on the Marlins' bench behind Justin Bour upon his return.

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Marlins manager Dan Jennings said that Michael Morse is now swinging a bat. It's unknown when he'll start his rehab assignment. (Source: Miami Herald)

Fantasy Impact: Morse was placed on the DL May 24 with a right ring finger sprain. Justin Bour is now the everyday first baseman with or without a healthy Michael Morse.

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A sprained right ring finger forced the Marlins to place first baseman Michael Morse on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 24.

Fantasy Impact: Rookie Justin Bour has filled in for Michael Morse since the last time he played on May 21. It's not fully clear how much of his benching was due to the Marlins' preference for Bour or the finger injury. After hitting .303 with an OPS of .874 and 19 dingers in 117 Triple-A games, Bour has continued to do well in the majors, despite being someone who few initially thought had Major League potential. Morse, in comparison, has only hit .211 with an OPS of .557 and two homers in 37 games this season, after signing a two-year $16 million deal in the offseason.

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Michael Morse remained benched for Sunday's 5-2 win against Baltimore.

Fantasy Impact: Justin Bour has started in four straight games now. At best, Morse is getting the short end of the stick in a platoon. At worst, Bour has taken over the first baseman job. Not exactly sure which one holds more truth, but it really doesn't matter. Morse has no fantasy value right now.

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Michael Morse did not start Thursday's game vs. Arizona on Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: The first baseman has struggled mightily in May, sporting a seven-game slash line of just .050/.095/.050. Justin Bour replaced him for the second time in four games.

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Michael Morse returned to the starting lineup in Tuesday's game against the Diamondbacks. He batted seventh.for just the second time all season, finishing with one hit in four at-bats.

Fantasy Impact: He's had a rough go of it at the plate this season, and failed to hit the ball in his last five games before this one. He has just nine hits in 44 at-bats in May. Morse is only hitting .210 and with two homers, four runs and nine RBI on the season. New manager Dan Jennings will need to see more from Morse if he is to get back into the middle of the order.

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Michael Morse was in the starting lineup on Thursday, recording two hits in four at-bats.

Fantasy Impact: We knew he wouldn't be on the bench for too long and it bodes well for him that he had a multi-hit outing in his first game back. What isn't good is that he fell to sixth in the lineup, hitting behind Ichiro Suzuki. Morse had a poor April, but he should improve and start playing closer to the level that we expected from him.

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First baseman Michael Morse was benched for the second straight time on Wednesday, as has now gotten four of the last five games off. (Source: Joe Frisaro on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Justin Bour has started in Morse's place all those times, gaining nine hits in the 16 at-bats since being called up on April 25. Morse should re-enter the starting lineup soon. Mike Redmond seemingly decided that his struggling first baseman just needed some time off to clear his head. After inking a two-year, $16 million deal with in December, the Fish would be silly not to try and get their money's worth.

Michael Morse will not be starting Monday's game against the Nationals. Justin Bour will start in his place. (Source: Clark Spencer on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: He will get his second day off in the last three since he's been struggling to make contact so far. He's only hitting .193 with a couple homers and eight RBI in 88 at-bats. Bour is been much better in limited opportunities, going 6-for-9 with a double.

Marlins' first baseman Michael Morse sent away his 100th career home run during the Marlins 6-2 win over the Braves.

Fantasy Impact: Morse's solo shot over the left field wall in the sixth inning came off of Braves' relief pitcher Cody Martin. It put the Marlins up 5-0 and the team was able to hold on for their second straight win. He managed to finish 1-for-3 with a walk, a couple runs, and a RBI. He's now 3-of-7 with a double in his last last at-bats. The infielder is now hitting .265, going 9-for-34 with a homer and six RBI in nine games.

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Michael Morse hit two singles in four at-bats during Wednesday's loss to the Braves.

Fantasy Impact: He didn't have a hit on Tuesday and struck out three times, but rebounded on Wednesday. In fact, Morse was the only Marlin to have at least two hits on Wednesday.

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Marlins' first baseman Michael Morse just couldn't get it going at the plate in Tuesday's 12-2 loss to the Braves.

Fantasy Impact: The 33-year-old struck out three times in his four at-bats, leaving six runners on base. After two games, Morse has a batting average of .125.

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Michael Morse hits second HR

Wed, Mar 18th 3:41pm EDT
By Jonathan Ebanks

Michael Morse hit his second home-run in a loss to the Mets on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: Morse, who is 7-for-19 with nine RBI in spring training, is looking like he will bat in a ton of runs from the cleanup spot this year, batting behind Christian Yelich and Giancarlo Stanton.

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The Miami Marlins have officially come to terms with 1B/OF Michael Morse on a two-year, $16 million contract. Morse figures to bat behind Giancarlo Stanton while manning first base everyday for the Fish. Just like Mat Latos, Morse is a South Florida native, having played for Nova High School before being drafted by the Chicago White Sox in 2000. (Source: Yahoo! Sports)

Fantasy Impact: Morse hit .279/.336/.475 with 16 home runs for the World Champion San Francisco Giants in 2014. When healthy, Morse has proven to be more than a long-ball threat. However, he has played in 100 or more games only three times in his ten year career—146 being his career high in 2010 with the Washington Nationals. Morse could prove to be a sneaky selection in the later-middle rounds for draftees that roll the dice on his health. He’ll be in one of the best situations in baseball when at the plate this season batting behind NL MVP candidate Giancarlo Stanton. RBI opportunities will be there if Morse can stay healthy.

OF Michael Morse has joined the marlins after signing a two-year, $16 million dollar deal with additional performance-based bonuses. (Source: Sports Illustrated)

Fantasy Impact: Morse batted .279 with 16 home runs and 61 RBI in 131 regular season games in 2014, and hit .300 in his 10 playoff games during the Giants' championship run. It's a great signing for the Fish as they try to build a team that can contend for a Wild Card spot in 2015. Morse should have dual eligibility in fantasy leagues as an 1B/OF, and will be drafted in most leagues as a late-round pick.

1B/OF Michael Morse signed a two-year deal with the Marlins. He ended his only season in San Francisco with a .279/.336/.475 slash line with 16 home runs. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: The home runs are very misleading, as 11 came in his first 53 games. Ideally, Morse is a platoon first baseman and never sniffs left field for the Marlins. Moving from AT&T Park and into a lineup with Giancarlo Stanton can only help his fantasy value. That having been said, he has limited value outside of deep mixed and NL only leagues. He can heat up in a hurry, however, so monitor him for streaming in 2015.