As the heavy lifting appears to be over for the Giants this offseason, the team did sign an intriguing name in former 2014 postseason hero Michael Morse to a minor-league deal on Friday.
The front office hopes Morse can still provide pop when called upon after hitting 16 home runs for the Giants the last time they were World Series champs. Since then, he has only hit five in the last two years, none coming in the 2016 season. But, Giants broadcaster Mike Krukow is a big fan of the signing for much more than Morse's bat.
“I think he’s a guy that is going to stay in the game,” Krukow said to KNBR on Morse coming back to San Francisco. “I have no doubt in my mind that he’s going to be a great coach and even a manager at some point in his career. To bring a guy in at the end of his career, even if he doesn’t help you that particular season, he’s going to help you with your organization. So I think it’s a good add.”
The Giants also added veterans Jimmy Rollins and Justin Ruggiano to minor-league deals. For Krukow bench depth in the end can be the key to another ring.
"I think it's a great thing to be able to bring in experience if it's going to be on the bench," Krukow said. "You have to have guys with experience off the bench. They're the difference makers and they will win you games in the long haul."
While all three will compete for roster spots in spring training, if they make the team or not, Krukow sees on positive effects for the rest of the squad from being around guys that have been around the game.
“I don’t know if all three of those guys are going to make the club coming out of the spring, but even if they don’t make the club, they’re going to have a positive effect on everybody that does.
“There’s so much that you can learn from a veteran player and all three of those guys have good things to say about their position, about how to be a pro. So I love it.”