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Giants add "proven winner"
2005-12-13 08:22
by Bob Timmermann

As we know now, Matt Morris has signed a 3-year contract with the Giants. For Mike Bauman of, the signing tips the balance of power in the NL West to the Giants.

I suppose the balance of power in the NL West is quite precarious. It's a powder keg ready to explode. I would make sure to keep these guys away from the NL West.

2005-12-13 08:36:38
1.   Sam DC
At his age, Gavrilo Princep might fit right in on the Giants bench . . .
2005-12-13 08:53:59
2.   D4P
Morris has proven throughout his career that, when his team scores more runs than he gives up to the opposition, the former has a very good chance of winning.
2005-12-13 09:15:10
3.   blue22
Morris and Tomko's stats for 2005 are eerily similar. Why did one get $27M in guaranteed money, and the other get a one-way ticket on the first Greyhound out of town?

Interesting contract in that Morris is only guaranteed $5M this next year. He gets $9.5M and a guaranteed $12.5M ($12.5M!) in the third, including his buyout and a deferred signing bonus. Wow.

2005-12-13 09:24:09
4.   bearlurker
For the life of me, I can't understand why Morris attracted so much interest. His second half was horrible. Too lazy to look it up, but I think he had something like 120 K's in 200 plus innings. He's not as good as Lowry.

That said, Morris is an upgrade over Tomko. Their numbers are similar, but I think if you adjust for park effect the numbers for Morris are superior.

The Giants bullpen clearly is worse than last year. Losing Eyre--by far their best pitcher last year--and Hawkins for Kline and Worrell is a downgrade. They need a 1b unless they go with Feliz there. No one wants Alfonzo and that contract (thanks Ned!).

Still, I consider the Giants the favorite for this year. I'll revisit a few weeks into spring training when we can check the medicals for Bonds, Alou, Durham, Schmidt, Vizquel . . .

2005-12-13 09:28:07
5.   Jon Weisman
Bauman's article doesn't even mention Morris' ERA. Winning 14 games for the Cardinals isn't exactly a guarantee of pitching greatness.

He won't hurt the Giants - even league average pitchers will help in the NL West. But I hardly think a title was won yesterday.

2005-12-13 09:39:25
6.   bearlurker
Yeah, I'm surprised they didn't pick up Julio Franco. I guess Sabean can't get them all.
2005-12-13 10:07:39
7.   Monterey Chris
3--My guess is that the backloaded contract is due to Barry Bonds and his contract, both of which probably won't be around in two years.
2005-12-13 10:11:28
8.   Bob Timmermann
One day we will learn if the Giants win because of Brian Sabean or in spite of Brian Sabean.

That day will be when Barry Bonds stops playing for the Giants.

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