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31 Michael Morse 1B
Height/Weight: 6-5/245 | Birthdate: 3/22/1982 | Birthplace: Fort Lauderdale, FL | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Pittsburgh | College: No College | MLB Experience: 11 | Salary: $6,750,000 | Owned/Started%: 8/2 | Average Draft Position: 224.00
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Pirates add 1B/OF Michael Morse to roster; OF Jaff Decker optioned


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/3/2015) The Pirates have added first baseman/outfielder Michael Morse to the active roster on Monday. Morse was acquired from the Dodgers in exchange for outfielder Jose Tabata just before Friday's trade deadline.

Morse was slashing a disappointing .213/.276/.313 with four home runs and 12 RBI in 53 games with the Marlins, before being dealt to Los Angeles in a three-team deal last week. He is in the starting lineup on Monday, playing first base and batting seventh for manager Clint Hurdle.

To clear room on the 25-man roster, outfielder Jaff Decker was optioned to Triple-A Indianpolis, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune


Dodgers send Michael Morse and cash to Pirates for Jose Tabata


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/31/2015) The Dodgers have traded first baseman Michael Morse and cash considerations to the Pirates. In exchange, the Dodgers will receive outfielder Jose Tabata , CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reports. 

Morse was acquired by the Dodgers from the Marlins in a three-team deal on Thursday and was subsequentley desginated for assignment. 

Tabata was currently playing with Triple-A Indianapolis for the Pirates. He did spend 27 games with the big club earlier this year, batting .289 in 38 at-bats. 

Neither team has officially announced the deal as of yet.


After trade, Dodgers designate Michael Morse for assignment


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/30/2015) Michael Morse's tenure with the Dodgers lasted all of about three hours. Morse was designated for assignment by the Dodgers, who just acquired him from the Marlins earlier on Thursday.

Morse has been struggling all season, batting just .214 with four home runs and 12 RBI in 52 games with Miami. 

This move, along with a handful of others, was done to clear room on the roster for the rest of the players the Dodgers acquired Thursday afternoon.


Dodgers snag strong starters in deal with Marlins, Braves


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2015) The Dodgers have snagged several veterans in a just-completed three-way trade filled with prospects, per Yahoo Sports.

They receive starting pitchers Alex Wood and Bronson Arroyo and relievers Luis Avilan and Jim Johnson, as well as minor league utility infielder Jose Peraza from the Braves. They also get first baseman Michael Morse and starting pitcher Mat Latos from the Marlins.

The Dodgers sent several prospects to both teams. First baseman Hector Olivera, lefty Paco Rodriguez and starting pitcher Zachary Bird head to Atlanta while pitchers Victor Araujo and Angel Guzman go to Miami.

The keys are Wood and Latos, who will likely immediately join the Los Angeles rotation, as well as Johnson, who has been used as the Atlanta closer.

The 24-year-old Wood hasn't performed as well this season as he did in 2014, but he is 7-6 with a 3.54 ERA and 90 strikeouts in 119 1/3 innings.

Latos is 4-7 with a 4.48 ERA, but has come on strong. He has allowed just six earned runs in his last 26 innings pitched.

Johnson has nine saves, but will almost certainly be used behind Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen.


Report: Dodgers, Marlins, Braves working on three-team deal


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/30/2015) The Braves, Dodgers and Marlins are in the working stages of a three-team, nine-player deal. According to reports, the Braves are expected to send top prospect Jose Peraza , left-hander Alex Wood and relievers Jim Johnson and Luis Avilan to the Dodgers.

In return, the Braves would receive prospect Hector Olivera , lefty reliever Paco Rodriguez and minor-league pitcher Zach Bird from the Dodgers, and a 2016 draft pick from the Marlins.

The Marlins are also sending right-hander Mat Latos and first baseman Michael Morse to the Dodgers in exchange for three minor-league pitchers--right-handers Jeff Brigham, Victor Araujo and Kevin Guzman.

None of the three teams have officially announced the deal as of yet. 


Dodgers-Marlins trade involving Mat Latos, Michael Morse on hold


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/29/2015) The trade sending Mat Latos and Michael Morse from the Marlins to the Dodgers appears to be on hold. Both Latos and Morse are in uniform at Marlins ballpark on Wednesday.

The deal, which would send three minor-leaguers back to the Marlins, was supposedly agreed to earlier on Wednesday. But neither team has commented on the trade, and it is not exactly known what is causing the delay.


Dodgers snag SP Mat Latos, 1B Mike Morse from Marlins


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2015) The Dodgers have acquired hot pitcher Mat Latos and first baseman Mike Morse from the Marlins for prospects that include at least one competitive balance pick, CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman has confirmed.

The Marlins will receive three minor leaguers, per the Miami Herald.

Latos has managed four consecutive quality starts in which he has allowed just six runs in 26 innings to lower his ERA from 5.49 to 4.48.

Morse lost his starting job to Justin Bour early in the year before losing time to injury. He has played sparingly since returning and owns a meager slash line on the year of .214/.277/.314.


Marlins 1B Michael Morse might see reunion with Giants


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/24/2015) Michael Morse and the Marlins might be done after less than a season. The first baseman is rumored to be involved in the center of trade talks between Miami and his former team, the Giants, according to MLB.com.

Morse is hitting just .206 with four home runs asn 12 RBI in 155 at-bats this season.


Marlins DH Michael Morse records two hits, home run in loss


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/8/2015) Marlins designated hitter Michael Morse slammed his third home run of the season in Wednesday's loss to the Red Sox.

Morse went 2 for 4 wit a solo home run in the eighth inning. 

Morse, who came off the disabled list on Sunday, has juse four hits in his last 30 at-bats.


Marlins 1B Michael Morse available to play Sunday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(7/5/2015) While Marlins first baseman Michael Morse was not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Cubs, he is available to come off the bench, reports MLB.com.

Morse has been sidelined since May 23 with a finger and back issue.


Marlins set to activate 1B Michael Morse


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/4/2015) Marlins first baseman Michael Morse, who has been sidelined for seven weeks with finger and back issues, will finally come off the disabled list in time for the Sunday game against the host Cubs, per MLB.com.

Morse will return on a 2-for-22 slide and a weak .211/.268/.289 slash line.


Marlins 1B Michael Morse goes 1 for 3 in rehab game Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/4/2015) Marlins first baseman Michael Morse played in his first rehab game on Friday, going 1 for 3 with a walk and a strikeout for Class A Jupiter. Morse is recovering from a sprained finger and a back injury. He could return as early as Saturday against the Cubs, though the Marlins have not made any official announcement at this point. 

Marlins' Michael Morse going back out on rehab assignment Friday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/3/2015) Marlins first baseman Michael Morse is going to play at least one more rehab game with Class A Jupiter on Friday before the team decides if he is ready to come off the 15-day disabled list.

Morse was progressing in his rehab from a right index finger sprain before tweaking his back this week.

"He tweaked his back, we think, very minor," manager Dan Jennings said, per MLB.com. "But we need him to test it so we can see exactly where he is. So he could be here in the next day or two."

Justin Bour's emergence in Morse's absence has the team thinking about using Morse at other positions upon his return.

"When we put this roster together this winter, one of the things we talked about was the versatility of players and the willingness to have guys who can play first, play third, play left," Jennings said. "You've got guys who can move around, and you get the best bats or best matchups in the lineup on any given day. We will look at that. That's what our intentions are, and we'll see how we'll proceed."


Marlins' Morse recalled from rehab assignment due to back injury


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/30/2015) The Marlins recalled first baseman Michael Morse from his rehab assignment with Triple-A New Orleans after suffering a back injury, according to The Miami Herald

Manager Dan Jennings said it was a mild back tweak, and Morse will likely be back during a three-game series against the Cubs, which starts Friday.

Morse has been on the 15-day disabled list since late May due to a right finger sprain. He has spent 10 games on a rehab assignment between New Orleans and Double-A Jacksonville. He hit .265 (9 for 34) with one double, one home run, four RBI, four runs, three walks and 16 strikeouts.


Report: Marlins 1B could return from disabled list within week


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/27/2015) Marlins first baseman Michael Morse could be on his way back from the 15-day disabled list within the week, per Joe Frisaro of MLB.com.

Morse, who is rehabbing a finger injury, struggled in his first rehab game last week. He went 0 for 5 with three strikeouts.


Marlins 1B Michael Morse strikes out three times in rehab game


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/18/2015) Marlins first baseman Michael Morse (finger) began a rehab assignment with Double-A Jacksonville on Wednesday. However, it did not go so well, as he went 0 for 5 with three strikeouts.

Marlins' Mike Morse could begin rehab assignment Wednesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/15/2015) Marlins first baseman Michael Morse took batting practice Saturday for the first time since going on the disabled list in late May due to a sprained finger, according to The Miami Herald. It was a big step in his recovery, as Morse might begin a rehab assignment Wednesday.

"It's coming around," 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."


Marlins OF Michael Morse (finger) able to swing bat


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/11/2015) Marlins outfielder Michael Morse is beginning to swing a bat again as he continues to rehab a right finger sprain, according to the Miami Herald

Morse went on the disabled list with the finger injury on May 24. It's unknown when he'll begin a rehab assignment. Morse is hitting .211 with two home runs this season. 


Marlins place 1B Michael Morse on 15-day DL with finger sprain


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/26/2015) The Marlins have placed first baseman Michael Morse on the 15-day DL with a right ring finger sprain, retro to May 24, the team announced on Tuesday. 

Morse has not started since May 19, getting pinch hit at-bats in his last three appearances with Justin Bour drawing more starts. Morse is heading back to Miami to see a hand specialist, according to the Miami Herald. Morse is hitting .211 with 10 RBI in 128 at-bats this season. 


Struggling Marlins first baseman Michael Morse sits again Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/22/2015) For the second straight game, Marlins first baseman Michael Morse will be out of the starting lineup. Morse will be on the bench for Friday's game against the Orioles, while Justin Bour gets another start at first.

Morse's struggles this season have been well-documented, and they will earn him another night on the bench for the Marlins.


Marlins 1B Michael Morse will not start against Diamondbacks


(5/21/2015) Marlins first baseman Michael Morse, who has struggled in the month of May, will not start against the Diamondbacks on Thursday.

In his last eight games, Morse has hit .167/.200/.167. He will be replaced by Justin Bour in the lineup for the second time in four games.


Marlins 1B Michael Morse returns to starting lineup on Tuesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/19/2015) Struggling first baseman Michael Morse is in the Marlins' lineup for Tuesday's game against the Diamondbacks. Morse, who was benched for Monday's contest, will bat seventh in the order for just the second time this season.

Morse has had a tough time at the plate all year, and has been held hitless over his last five games. Overall, he has just eight hits and one RBI in 40 at-bats this month.


Marlins 1B Justin Bour moved to cleanup in lineup


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/18/2015) Marlins first baseman Justin Bour will bat fourth in the lineup on Monday against the Diamondbacks, the first time he has done so this year, the team announced.

Bour, who will make just his fifth start of the year, will replace Michael Morse at first. Marcell Ozuna, the normal cleanup hitter, will slide down to fifth.

"Putting Justin there, putting him in the four hole," manager Dan Jennings said to Fox Sports Florida. "Trying to create some left, right leverage in the lineup. Let's see what happens. As I told these guys. There are 13 position players that are going to be utilized. We'll get guys days off, we'll use the bench, we'll rest our regulars. We all need to be ready to contribute when the bell rings.

J.T. Realmuto also returns to the lineup on Monday after getting the day off Sunday.

The Marlins are currently the favorites (-122) against Arizona.


Marlins rest Mike Morse, Christian Yelich vs. southpaw Alex Wood


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/16/2015) Marlins first baseman Michael Morse and left fielder Christian Yelich were given the day off against left-hander Alex Wood and the Braves on Saturday. Jeff Baker will take over at first base and bat fifth, while Ichiro Suzuki will bat sixth and play left field in Yelich's absence.

Morse has been held without a hit over his last 11 at-bats. He is hitting .214 on the year and is a .143 lifetime hitter against Wood.

Yelich is a lifetime .409 (9 for 22) hitter against the southpaw, but is hitting.160 (4 for 25) since returning from the disabled list.

Miami is favored (-125) at home against Atlanta, per VegasInsider.com.


Marlins 1B Michael Morse collects three hits on Monday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/12/2015) Marlins first baseman Michael Morse seems to be emerging from an extensive slump at the plate. Morse, who was benched for a three-game stretch last week, picked up his first three-hit performance of the season in Monday's loss to the Dodgers. He now has six hits and an RBI over his last three games.

Morse is still hitting just .236 with two home runs on the season, but he has been a much better hitter in May than April during his career. Morse has a lifetime .313 batting average in May, compared to .243 in March/April.