Tagged: Hot Stove

Little ‘mo’ on Matty Mo

OK, so I did not actually end my discussion on Cardinal free agent turned San Francisco Giant Matt Morris.  When a guy has spent more than 10 years, 11 to be exact, and his whole career in a Cardinals uniform, he arguably deserves more than two columns.  According to Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post Dispatch, "longtime Cardinals ace Matt Morris has agreed to a three-year contractworth between $24 million and $27 million with the Giants, and
according to agent Barry Axelrod, (former Cardinals catcher) Matheny played a significant role in
Morris’s decision."  It is interesting because the Cards let Matheny go in a youth movement opting instead with then promising catcher Yadier Molina.  Molina has turned out to be more than up to the challenge of replacing a gold glove veteran catcher like Matheny and actually caught the Cardinals first Cy Young winner since Bob Gibson, in the form of Chris Carpenter.

Whether Morris will do better in a clubhouse joining former Cards Steve Kline and Matheny as well as the Barry Bonds is yet to be seen.  Pitching phenom Anthony Reyes is set to somehow take Morris’s place in the rotation with far less experience than Molina had when the torched was passed to him.  A big question that everyone is wondering is how will the Cardinals spend the 40 million dollars they are supposed to have left, after losing out on AJ Burnett, Morris, Sanders, Grudzielanek, Tavarez, Javier Vasquez etc.  Cardinal nation would like to know, and they would like to know sooner rather than later…



Update 12/10/05

InCardinal news, the team’s budget is holding at around 90 million or so;
ownership was reportedly willing to throw 4 years/40 million at
Arkansas native A.J. Burnett, but Burnett’s heart was always "in
Toronto" and the 5 year/55 million dollar deal the Jays bestowed upon
him. More recently, Matt Morris, the Cardinals strongest free agent
starting pitcher, who has played his whole career for St. Louis has
rejected the Rangers’ proposal worth a reported 3 year/25 million. The
Cardinals are believed to have offered some where in the neighborhood
of 2 years at around 13 million with a 1 year option which could bring
the total to 20 million. (per rotoworld.com) Jeff Gordon of the Post
Dispatch believes Morris should avoid what happened to Edgar Renteria
when he chose Boston over St. Louis but subsequently was traded less
than a year later to the Braves. Morris has been slightly "low-balled"
in terms of the contract offer’s total but St. Louis writers seem to
believe he should grant a home town discount and return to the Lou for
the next 2-3 years. I have to agree with Gordon and actually believe
that Morris will re-sign with the Birds on the Bat for less than
"market value."

Recent Post: Cardinals Hot Stove/Budgetary Update

I’mdefinitely still a huge Cards fan but no longer have as much faith in the Cardinals’ owership.  They’re selling off dirt while they dissapoint a lot of fans, and the city and  state continue to be hit for money on the new park progress. They milked old Busch Stadium’s final season
so hard that even the most excited fans for a new park who were
relishing the old park at the same time are rethinking a lot of their
previous support. And then they can’t bring back ANY key players that
they were forced to make a decision on: Matt Morris, Mark Grudzielanek, Reggie Sanders, Julian Tavarez, Ray King etc. This ownership gang has got to regroup…

Past Post: Cardinals Update-11/20/05

The Cards:
Forsome reason they’re wooing AJ Burnett, the Starting Pitcher who had
such a bad attitude he got kicked off the Marlins last season, for,
well, having a bad attitude. And if you can’t play for and respect Jack
McKeon (his former WS champion manager) then who can you play for?
It’ll take 5 years, 50-55 million to get him which is prospterous for a
SP. 5 year contracts should be reserved for such starting pitchers as
Chan Ho Park only; actually the guy was a good pitcher but that was a
terrible contract in every way. And then there’s Brian Giles, 35 years
old and likely to command 3-4 years at 9 million per. Which one do the
Cards want, apparently they want Burnett but they don’t have the
pockets like the Red Sox or Yankees. And then there’s Reggie Sanders
and Mark Grudzielanek. Both are Cardinal FA’s who should be brought
back at the right price as Abraham Nunez apparently wants to be a
starter and LaRussa would rather use him as at 2b/ss/3b, spelling
Grudz, Eckstein and Rolen, respectively.