The most recent one hit wonder was a catalyst on a title winner. Mike Morse was a December 17th pick up in 2013. His lure was his bat, and the need for a left fielder. Morse’s $6 million contract was in no way a small sum for that position, so the team had some decent expectations of him coming out of spring training.
His contract ended up being a great value, and had this winter been reversed with last, he most likely would have been brought back. There just wasn’t enough money coming off the books last year to warrant paying him what he ended up with.
Morse gave the team 16 home runs, 61 runs driven in, and a .279 average. Bruce Bochy was a master of hiding any defensive deficiencies and he was a great clubhouse presence. But the postseason was where he put himself on this list.
The home run he hit to tie the game in the NLCS against the St Louis Cardinals in the eighth inning set up Travis Ishikawa‘s heroic shot in the bottom of the ninth. Then in the World Series, he drove in two of the three runs in the seventh and final game.
His clutch play in the most crucial moments puts his season over the top as far as his value to the team. He also left on very good terms, and will always be well-liked in the city of San Francisco.