Giants rumors: San Francisco eyeing Michael Morse trade, Everth Cabrera signing to add depth?
Hunter Pence is back and Nori Aoki is ahead of schedule, but that hasn’t stopped the Giants from exploring some possible additions to bolster their offense. Two names that have reportedly been discussed recently: our old buddy Michael Morse and former Padres speedster Everth Cabrera.
Neither would be a major get for San Francisco—Cabrera has been a free agent for nearly a month after flaming out in Baltimore, and the oft-injured Morse is floating just above the Mendoza line (.204) for the Marlins—but could still help the team if it’s unable to snag a higher-profile player at the deadline. Plus, with Angel Pagan and Justin Maxwell both slumping—save for Friday’s team-wide offensive eruption—these are guys that could bring another dimension to the team’s bench unit.
As Giants fans are well aware, Morse is a serious power threat when he’s healthy (16 HR, .475 SLG in 2014), and Cabrera averaged 40-plus swipes between 2012 and 2013. The obvious hold-up for both is the ability to hit for average.
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Of the two, Cabrera would seem to be the better fit if the Giants don’t mind sending down Ehire Adrianza. The middle infielder would immediately become the team’s top pinch runner, and draw the occasional start to spell Brandon Crawford or Joe Panik. He would obviously come on the cheap too given his FA status.
Morse, on the other hand, is still owed $11 million, and the Fish aren’t willing to cover most of his remaining salary, according to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald. What’s more, it would be hard for the Giants to get him enough at-bats to justify that kind of money with Maxwell and Andrew Susac around.
If I’m being honest to myself, though—and this is a sentiment most Giants fans can relate to—it would be great to see Morse try to turn things around back in San Francisco. Akin to the Marlins bringing back Casey McGehee, sometimes a return home is all it takes.