St. Louis Cardinals: Five Free-Agent southpaws to consider
Oct 20, 2015; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Franklin Morales (45) throws during the ninth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays in game four of the ALCS at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Peter Llewellyn-USA TODAY Sports
After playing an integral mop-up role that guided the Kansas City Royals to their first World Series title in 30 years, Morales could be a solid fit for another baseball team in Missouri. The 29 year-old gained World Series experience for the third time in his nine-year career, a factor to consider for a Cardinals’ roster that consistently competes in October.
Morales’s full-time transition to the Royals’ bullpen allowed him to increase his fastball velocity and limit opponents to only 14 walks in 62.1 innings. Morales could also make the best of a pitcher-friendly environment such as Busch Stadium, whereas he may have previously struggled to produce in previous homes of Coors Field and Fenway Park.
Reasonable contract: 1 year, $3.5 million