Michael Morse, Gavin Floyd sign free-agent deals

The Marlins and Indians landed relatively low-risk, potentially high-reward free agents on Tuesday.

The Miami Marlins and free-agent outfielder/first baseman Michael Morse agreed to a two-year contract on Tuesday, according to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald.

Morse will receive $16 million plus incentives from the Marlins, per Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal. Miami could platoon the veteran slugger at first base with Garrett Jones, who hits right-handers well but owns a career .197/.239/.335 line against southpaws. Morse finished with a 130 OPS+ for the World Series-champion San Francisco Giants in a bounce-back 2014 campaign and has hit lefties to the tune of a .277/.335/.485 line in parts of 10 big league seasons.

Morse took to Twitter to say farewell to the Giants and their fans:

It was incredible playing for fans whose love helped me elevate my game. You guys will forever be in my heart. @SFGiants

— Double M’s (@Mcode38) December 17, 2014

Thanks for the great memories and I will always cherish them and never forget them.

— Double M’s (@Mcode38) December 17, 2014

Indians sign Floyd

The Cleveland Indians and Gavin Floyd have agreed on a one-year deal, according to a team announcement. Floyd will receive $4 million guaranteed with an extra $6 million in potential bonuses, per SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo.

Floyd posted a 2.65 ERA in nine starts for the Atlanta Braves before an elbow injury ended his season. The 31-year-old right-hander owns a 4.40 ERA/101 ERA+ in 11 years in the majors.

Rays, Angels swap players

The Tampa Bay Rays traded outfielder Matt Joyce to the Los Angeles Angels for reliever Kevin Jepsen, both teams announced Tuesday.

The 30-year-old Joyce owns a 118 OPS+ in seven big league seasons and was an All-Star in 2011. He’ll be a free agent after next season.

Jepsen had his best season in 2014, striking out 10.4 batters per nine innings and finishing with a 2.63 ERA. The 30-year-old right-hander has been exactly league average since breaking into the majors with the Angels in 2008.

Capuano re-signs with Yankees

The New York Yankees and veteran starter Chris Capuano agreed to a one-year contract, per a team press release. Capuano will get $5 million, reports YES Network’s Jack Curry.

Capuano finished 2014 with a 4.35 ERA/89 ERA+ in 97⅓ innings for the Yankees and Boston Red Sox. The 36-year-old lefty had five quality starts down the stretch for the Yankees after he was acquired from the Colorado Rockies for cash considerations in July.

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