Michael Morse might be wearing a Giants uniform again before the end of the season. Miami signed Morse to a two-year deal last offseason, and according to Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald, San Francisco is interested in re-acquiring the veteran infielder.
In a potential deal, the Marlins may have to cover a significant portion of Morse's salary. He still has $11 million remaining on his current contract and although nothing is imminent, Jackson adds, such a deal could make sense for the Marlins.
Although the Marlins do not have a notable amount of infield depth, Justin Bour has emerged as a quality first base option. He has posted a .256/.337/.487 line to complement ten home runs and 22 RBIs to this point in 2015. Bour adds a left-handed bat to the Marlins' lineup and is still affordable and under club control.
Martin Prado is expected to be Miami's starting third baseman next season and if Morse is dealt the Marlins could give Bour an opportunity to start consistently. While Morse was on the disabled list, Bour was able to receive regular playing time. Morse has started in left field in the absence of Giancarlo Stanton, but when Stanton returns, the Marlins will not have a spot for Morse.
While he could be poised for a big second half, Morse has struggled early. He was batting .210/.273/.304 to complement three home runs and 11 RBIs heading into Friday night's contest with the Reds and is striking out in 28 percent of his at-bats.
The Marlins could seek relief or outfield depth in any deal they make before the end of the month. San Francisco is familiar with Morse, and in addition to being a veteran in the clubhouse, his bat could heat up in the second half. If the Marlins decide to move Morse, it might further prove they are looking towards 2016. But Bour's success is the reason moving Morse is a possibility.