Matt Morris
44-Year-Old PitcherRP
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$Retired from baseball in April of 2008 after being released by the Pirates.
PFree Agent  
April 29, 2008
The recently-released Morris has decided to retire, the Pirates' official site reports.
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Unfortunately for the Pirates, they still have to pay him $11 million. It's unlikely that Morris, who went 0-4 with a 9.67 ERA in his first five starts, would have found anything higher than a minor league deal.
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Morris is becoming the well-traveled veteran that teams try to squeeze a .500 record and 30 starts out of from the back end of the rotation. The only problem with that is that the budget-conscious Pirates are paying him over $9 million for the 2008 campaign, nearly 20 percent of their entire payroll. On a good team he might be able to post passable fantasy numbers; with the Pirates you're likely just wasting your time. Revisit him if and when he gets dealt from Pittsburgh to a contender, given the increased opportunity to contribute some wins.
Morris is often described as a “gamer” and a “winner,” but the production just hasn't been there for a few seasons now. While he clearly doesn't have the same stuff he did five years ago, it was revealed that Morris pitched the final two months of last season with fractured ribs, helping to explain his 7.42 September ERA. Still, he entered August with a 4.61 ERA, so it's not like the injury can be blamed for his overall performance. He should enter this season 100 percent and does possess the ability to get his ERA in the low 4s. Since he no longer is an asset in the strikeout department, his fantasy upside is quite limited.
It was a tale of two halves for Morris in 2005. He won 10 games before the break, with a 3.10 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and a 73/16 K/BB ratio. Then he fell apart to the tune of only four wins, a 5.32 ERA, and a 44/21 K/BB ratio. Morris is a fiery competitor, but expect his 2006 numbers to be closer to that second half split, although a move to San Francsico will help his home stats.
Morris has seen his home runs allowed go from 13 to 35 and his ERA has jumped a point and a half in that time. Some starts, he just can't find the plate. In others, like September 3 against the Dodgers, he throws a two-hit shutout and strikes out 11. His inexplicable starts had the Cardinals crossing their fingers in the playoffs. Tony LaRussa had him on a short leash, pulling him after five innings twice and in the fifth in another start. Whether it is health-related or if Morris is tipping his pitches, his career his headed in the wrong direction.
Morris drove his owners nuts last year; Baseball Prospectus actually ranked him as the fourth-flakiest starter in the majors, which doesn't do him justice. Given that, a decline in his strikeout rate, and the shoulder pain he battled, be very cautious about investing heavily in him.
Now, more than three seasons removed from Tommy John surgery, Morris is a pretty safe bet to repeat last season's numbers, which were just a notch off from his breakout campaign of 2001. Morris struck out 171 and walked 64 in 210 1/3 innings while compiling 17 wins and an ERA of 3.42. His 185/54, 22 wins and 3.16 ERA of 2000 were slightly better, but we're talking about the difference of eight hits, 10 walks and four earned runs. Morris, 28, is a horse, and with his arm injuries receding into the distant past, he's easily a top-10, if not top-5, starter in the National League.
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PPittsburgh Pirates  
April 27, 2008
Morris has been released by the Pirates, according to ESPNews.
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PPittsburgh Pirates  
April 27, 2008
Morris struggled through a 49-pitch first inning Saturday. He left the game after allowing six runs (three earned) in 1.2 innings against the Phillies.
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PPittsburgh Pirates  
April 26, 2008
Morris will get the start at home Saturday night, where he's allowed 15 runs (12 earned) in two starts thus far in 2008.
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Matt Morris: Struggles Continue
PPittsburgh Pirates  
April 22, 2008
Morris (0-3) allowed nine hits and eight earned runs in four innings Monday night. Seven of those hits went for extra bases -- five doubles and two home runs.
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PPittsburgh Pirates  
April 10, 2008
Morris gave up seven runs (three earned) in seven innings against the Cubs on Thursday. He allowed 11 hits and two walks, striking out three.
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