The Washington Nationals have come to terms with outfielder Michael Morse on a multi-year contract extension, according to a press release from the club. The terms of the deal are unknown.
Morse had a breakout season in 2011 by hitting .303/.360/.550 with 31 home runs and 95 RBI in 146 games for the Nationals. Since joining the Nationals in 2010, Morse has led the team in home runs (46), runs driven in (136), and slugging percentage (.539) in just 224 out of 324 possible games. The 29-year-old was not made an every day starter until this season.
The contract extension comes on the heels of another multi-year extension which the Nationals gave recently acquired starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez. Despite having never thrown a pitch for the club, the Washington gave Gonzalez a five-year, $42 million extension. Despite playing most of his time at first base in 2011, it is expected that Morse will transition to left field for 2012.