StlToday.com wrote:The Rangers reportedly made a three-year, $25 million offer before leaving the winter meetings Thursday. The Giants modified their proposal Friday after originally offering Morris $16 million over two years. The Giants are expected to make a frantic push after failing to offer salary arbitration to their own free agent pitcher, Brett Tomko.
The Cardinals apparently offered him a token deal for 2 years worth $13M.
If this story is legit, I have to wonder what the Rangers are thinking here. Morris had terrible second-half numbers (5.32 ERA, 16 HRA), which were on par with his awful 2004 numbers (4.72 ERA, 35 HRA). Why the Rangers would be interested in putting those HRA totals in The Ballpark doesn't make sense to me.
Morris does not want to play in Ameriquest. He doesn't even want to visit here according to the papers, so we will have to overpay to get him.
Personally, I don't think he's the answer to our pitching problems though. Sure, he's a name, and could do well, but I wouldn't be comfortable or happy about signing him. I just think his pitching style combined with Ameriquest has a better chance of disaster, then it does success.
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That's quite a bit to pay for Matty Mo. Cardinals didn't want him back this year, and they were his home team. Why pay Morris that much? He was a 4th starter last year, and the same the year before.
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rlee wrote:I don't think Morris will end up in Texas. I don't think he wants to play there. Their offer seems to be the most lucrative, but yet he has not accepted.
Perhaps the Giants (with Matheny increasing his comfort zone?) will wind up with him. Whoever does, will wind up with a mediocre pitcher with an inflated salary. His best days are well behind him
That describes about half of the free agent signings in terms of pitchers this off-season. With the market now being relatively thin with free agent pitchers, Morris is going to get a bloated contract. I wouldnt be suprised if he got a deal similar to Roger's but for three or four years.