Michael Morse agrees to 2-year deal with Nationals

      WASHINGTON (AP) - Outfielder Michael Morse has agreed to a two-year contract worth about $10.5 million with the Washington Nationals, avoiding arbitration.

      The Nationals announced Friday they had reached a deal with Morse before arbitration figures were exchanged this week, but it was contingent on his completing a physical exam, which he's now done.

      The 29-year-old Morse, who also plays first base, hit for a .303 average with 31 homers and 95 RBIs in 2011 - leading the Nationals in each category.

      He has spent seven seasons in the majors with the Nationals and Seattle Mariners, but really emerged over the last two years as a regular in Washington.

      Of his 52 career homers and 183 RBIs, 46 homers and 136 RBIs came in the 244 games Morse played in 2010-11.