Free-agent pitcher Matt Morris and San Francisco are on the verge of agreeing to a three-year deal worth a guaranteed $27 million, a baseball source told ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick on Sunday.
Pending a physical exam, the deal is expected to be finalized early this week, the source said.
Morris won 101 games in eight seasons with the Cardinals. The 31-year-old right-hander was also pursued in free agency by Texas, Seattle and the Dodgers.
The Cardinals offered Morris a two-year deal worth about $13 million and threw in a club option for a third year that would have pushed the offer to $20 million, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Saturday.
He acknowledged to the Post-Dispatch that he figured he wasn't the Cardinals' first choice after hearing how fervently (four years, nearly $40 million) the club had pursued free-agent right-hander A.J. Burnett, who recently accepted a five-year, $55 million deal from the Blue Jays.[...]
In San Francisco, Morris would be rejoining former Cardinal teammates Mike Matheny, Steve Kline, Mark Sweeney and Jeff Fassero.[...]
The addition of Morris would add much-needed experience to the Giants' staff. After shedding veterans Brett Tomko and Kirk Rueter following the 2005 season, the rotation at this time includes veteran ace Jason Schmidt (12-7 in 29 starts) and 25-year-olds Noah Lowry (13 wins in 33 starts) and Brad Hennessey (5-8 in 21 starts).
Sunday, December 11, 2005
ESPN is reporting that Matt Morris is likely to sign a three year deal with the San Francisco Giants worth $27 million. While I am saddened to see Morris leave the Cardinals after many great years of service, it pains me that he has chosen to join the San Francisco Giants. I have issues with Barry Bonds. He lied in a court of law and I don't like his attitude with the media. Not to mention his quote about Babe Ruth. It's troubling to me. I wish Matt the best but I cannot, in good conscience, root for the San Francisco Giants.