SAN FRANCISCO -- The new Giants left fielder certainly doesn't lack confidence.
During a conference call to formally announce Michael Morse's one-year, $6 million deal, the slugger shook off a question about AT&T Park's deep alleys and reputation for stifling home run totals.
"If you hit one, you hit one," Morse said. "It doesn't matter what park you're at."
That tune might change the first time Morse watches an opposing outfielder chase down a scorcher that gets hung up by wind and fog, but on Tuesday, there was nothing but positivity from all sides. Morse said he was thrilled when his agent informed him that the Giants had made contact, and the Giants' decision makers repeatedly said this was a player they didn't expect to get.
"We were very fortunate," general manager Brian Sabean said. "He brings power and production to a lineup that sorely needs it. From the standpoint of having a wish list and checking off boxes, this was a big opportunity for us that we obviously couldn't let pass."
When Morse, who has a long injury history but said he is 100 percent, passed a physical Monday, manager Bruce Bochy had his everyday left fielder.
"Really, it's more than I thought would happen for us," said Bochy, who was told early in the offseason that he might have to use a platoon. "We were looking for a right-handed bat and hopefully a power, run-producing type. I don't think we could have found a better fit for our club."
That club hit only 107 homers last season, the second-lowest total in baseball. Morse, 31, had 13 homers in 312 at-bats for the Seattle Mariners and the Baltimore Orioles. He said he believes he can find the form that led to 31 homers for the Washington Nationals in 2011.
Giants left fielders were last in the majors with five homers a year ago. While Morse could get a start or two at first base, he primarily will handle the territory that belonged to Gregor Blanco and Andres Torres a year ago.
"I feel comfortable there," Morse said. "I know if I stay on the field, everything else will fall into place."
--Sabean said the Giants checked in with former A's left-hander Mark Mulder, who is attempting a comeback, but Mulder was looking for a major league deal, something the Giants wouldn't offer.
--Bochy wants to give Hunter Pence a few more days off but said he knows the right fielder, who started 162 games this past season, will fight it.
--Because of a paperwork backlog at the league office, the Giants have not completed their one-year agreement with Ryan Vogelsong. The delay has kept the 40-man roster at 39 players, so the club has a few more days to open up a spot for Morse.
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