Morse played a crucial part in San Francisco's championship run in 2014, batting .279 with 16 home runs, 32 doubles and 61 RBI in 131 regular season games. He had just six hits over 20 postseason at-bats.Analysis:
Mayberry has a .241 average, .305 on-base percentage, .429 slugging percentage and .734 OPS in six MLB seasons. He also has 53 career home runs.
Mayberry has a .208 average, two home runs, five doubles and 12 RBI in 31 career games at Citi Field.Analysis:
It's unclear how much interest the Orioles have in Howard, a player who has declined in recent years and is owed $25 million in each of the next two seasons as well as a $10 million buyout of his 2017 option. He hit .223/.310/.380 with 23 home runs and 95 RBI in 569 at-bats in 2014.Analysis:
Morneau is heading into the final year of a two-year, $12.5 million contract that includes a $750,000 mutual option for 2016.
"Now that there are fewer free-agent hitters to be had, we are getting more calls on our hitters," Bridich said Tuesday. "Justin is a heck of a player and a heck of a hitter under a very fair contract."
CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman confirmed Wednesday the Marlins are one team showing interest in acquiring Morneau, who hit .319 with a .496 slugging percentage in 135 games in 2014.Analysis:
Manager Terry Collins indicated Duda became a pull-oriented hitter last season and was hurt not using all fields against lefties. Duda didn't seem to disagree when speaking with reporters Thursday.
"I think that I did get a bit too much thinking to the right side of the field," Duda said, per ESPN. "That’s an adjustment I have to make during the season, or even before the season starts. And I think I will. I have confidence in myself."
Michael Cuddyer, who signed a two-year deal in November, could be a fallback option at first base for the Mets, if Duda continues to struggle against southpaws.
"Acquiring Michael Cuddyer is huge for us -- a veteran presence and a guy with his track record," Duda said. "As far as the lefties go, I feel like in the past I’ve hit lefties a little bit better than I’ve shown. … But if he has to spell me at first base versus lefties, whatever is good for the team, whatever is going to help us win, I’m all for. I’ll come off the bench or come in late in the game or whatever it is. Anything to help us win. That’s our main goal. We’ve got to accomplish it this year."Analysis:
Ishikawa managed a stat line of .252/.311/.393 in 107 at-bats last season.Analysis: