Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Day Two of the Winter Meetings - Phillies Rumors

I'll warn you now that this is just a rumor, but it has picked up steam as the night has moved on. Apparently the Phillies have shown a very strong interest in FA SP Matt Morris, late of the St. Louis Cardinals. This is definitely a suprising development as many thought the only way the Phils would add starting pitching would be via a trade of some sorts. The frontrunner for Morris was thought to be San Francisco (where I had him pegged when I started the FA tournament a month ago), but it is looking more and more like the Phillies could be number one on his list.

By later today, Morris could very well have signed elsewhere. But it has been a slow couple of days for rumors specific to the Phillies and this one is definitely juicy enough to throw out there. This should be a fun situation to watch.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

That makes sense that the Phillies would have interest in Morris considering the way things are going with acquiring a top of the line pitcher for Abreu. Morris is a guy that I could always see in red. (maybe thats because he always has been) Since you've posted this I've heard rumors that the Giants are close to signing Morris, the deal was a little fishy considering it was only two years but still thought i'd mention that. While Morris isn't that ace type pitcher the Phillies are looking for I think he could be a good fit for them.

5:24 AM  
Blogger XXX said...

Yeah all good points. I'd like to see Morris as a Phil so long it is a good contract - the Giants rumor is a 2-year deal worth $8 million per. If the Phillies could get him by matching that, I think they'd have to consider it. It seems unlikely that he'll settle for a Lieber-type deal (3/21) although that would be ideal. All kinds of new rumors are out now about day two of the meetings (including the possibility of no more David Bell), so stay tuned for that.

10:45 AM  

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