Mets could pursue Morse to fill outfield need
With Michael Cuddyer likely off their radar, the Mets could now turn their sights toward Michael Morse to fill their outfield needs, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post.
The Mets’ interest in Cuddyer all but disappeared once the Rockies extended a qualifying offer to the veteran oufielder, meaning the Mets would need to surrender their No. 15 overall pick in order to sign him down the road.
Needless to say, that’s something the Mets aren’t too interested in doing, hence the shift to Morse. Like Cuddyer, Morse comes with his share of injury concerns, but the 32-year-old still hit 16 home runs over 131 games this season for the World Series champion Giants.
Morse missed time down the stretch and did not appear in the Giants’ NLDS victory over the Nationals before making just four plate appearances — resulting in two hits, including a home run — in the NLCS. He chipped in a .250 average (4-for-16) and four RBIs in the World Series.
Numbers aside, Morse makes sense for the Mets. They want to add an outfielder without giving up a compensatory draft pick, as they would need to do in order to land a player such as Cuddyer or Melky Cabrera. Morse also brings the added luxury of providing a potential platoon option alongside first baseman Lucas Duda against left-handed pitchers.
Although Morse could fill a need for the Mets, he could be at the point in his career where a DH role for an American League team would be a better fit. Morse has completed a full season just once in his career, playing 146 games for the Nationals in 2011. He was then limited to 102 for the Nats in 2012 before playing only 88 games between the Mariners and Orioles in ’13.
Given the somewhat thin outfield market in free agency this offseason, however, he’s certainly a player to keep an eye on for the Mets.
— Paul Casella