SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants lost two big bats in the offseason, and they couldn't have left town in more different ways.
While Pablo Sandoval ripped the Giants' offer -- one worth up to $100 million -- after signing with the Red Sox, Michael Morse said Thursday that he was not disappointed that the Giants did not make a greater effort to bring him back.
"Not at all," he said. "We left on really, really, really good terms. I'm fortunate enough to say that. This is an opportunity for me to play at home and play on a team that has a lot of talent. I'm fortunate enough to be called a Marlin and I'm fortunate enough to say I played for the Giants."
The Giants got plenty out of their one year with Morse, but in the offseason the South Florida native signed a two-year, $16 million deal with his hometown Marlins. The Giants front office had concerns about Morse's ability to play left field going forward, but the organization did make him an offer.
At "The Business of Sports" panel discussion on Wednesday at the Palace Hotel, team president and CEO Larry Baer explained how the Giants pursued Morse after he helped them win a third title.
“There’s a tendency to fall in love with your players, which we do," Baer said. "We tend to re-sign players as much as we can, the players who come through our system and we get to know. But there are going to be some times when there are tough choices that you’re just not going to be able to keep somebody you really want to keep.
“We had a very popular player that we all loved that we offered a one-year deal to and, coming off a championship, somebody offered a two-year deal – Michael Morse. And he went with the two-year deal, which we totally respect and totally understand.
“But that’s tough because here’s a guy that you love. And the general manager and his staff and the manager and his coaching staff are accountable for on-field success. And so you’ve got to go with them as much as in our seats, you develop personal relationships. In the case of Michael Morse, as one example, he was a 10 out of 10 in every respect – in the community, in the clubhouse, family. And so, it’s tough but you have to go with what the recommendations are of the people who are willing to, you know, understand that.”
The relationship remains so strong that Morse will join the Giants when they visit the White House next month. He was set for a pre-game ring ceremony before Thursday's series opener between the Giants and Marlins.
Sandoval's Red Sox don't visit AT&T Park this season. The Red Sox come to the Bay Area next week to play the A's, and the Giants are planning to have team representatives visit Sandoval's hotel to give him his ring.