This morning’s Enquirer says the Reds are still looking for a #1 starter.
There are three free-agent starters in Morris’ class:
Kevin Millwood. He went 9-11 for the Cleveland Indians, but he led the American League with a 2.86 ERA.
Jarrod Washburn. The left-hander was 8-8 with the Los Angeles Angels with a 3.20 ERA.
Jeff Weaver. He was 14-11 with a 4.22 ERA with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
All three are clients of Scott Boras, so they’re not likely to take less than top dollar.
Scott Elarton (11-9, 4.61 ERA with Cleveland) and Jason Johnson (8-14, 4.54 with Detroit) are also still on the market and would be cheaper
Taking a quick look…
Morris was 30, with a 116 ERA+, with 8 years experience and 1377 IP, and a 1.27 WHIP.
Millwood, 30, 114, 9, 1559, 1.24
Washburn, 30, 114, 8, 1153, 1.27
Weaver, 29, 99, 7, 1396, 1.32
The next level, according to the article:
Elarton, 29, 89, 7, 898, 1.40
J.Johnson, 31, 91, 1212, 1.47
Claussen has an ERA+ of 93 with a WHIP of 1.50
Harang 96 and 1.38.
So, it appears to me that Millwood or Washburn would be about equal to Morris; but Weaver and Elarton and Johnson are comparable to Claussen and Harang, only older. Clearly not the #1 starter the franchise says its looking for.
If I had my choice, I’d hope they sign Washburn, as he’s a lefty.
I’ve been a Reds fan since the late ’60’s, with my luck of being able to attend plenty of games at Riverfront during the BRM era. I was sitting in the Green Seats in the OF when Pete came home in ’84 and was in the Red seats when Glenn Braggs reached over the fence in ’90 to beat the Pirates. I have had many favorites from Jim Maloney to Johnny Bench, Barry Larkin, Adam Dunn, and Jay Bruce.