Morris refused an outright assignment to Triple-A Fresno after clearing waivers Monday and will become a free agent, Robert Murray of FanRagSports.com reports. After inking a minor-league deal with the Giants in the offseason, Morris was added to the 40-man roster and reported to the big club in May. Though the Giants are lacking in quality middle-relief options, Morris wasn't able to find a meaningful role out of the bullpen after being blasted for 15 runs in 21 innings over 20 appearances. If he elects to pursue a spot with another organization, he'll likely have to settle for a minor-league deal again.
Morris was designated for assignment Friday, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Morris had been sharp for the Giants until this past week, when he allowed eight runs and 10 hits over the course of just three outings. In that span, Morris's ERA jumped from 3.44 to 6.43, which spelled the end of his time with the Giants. Still, considering how well he was doing until his collapse over the last few days, Morris may attract some interest on the waiver wire.
Morris couldn't complete the fifth inning Thursday, serving up five runs over two-thirds of an inning in a loss to the Braves. Ouch. Morris saw his ERA rise two whole runs to 6.43 following his implosion. The first-round pick in 2006 isn't even providing strikeouts to boost his value (6.4 K/9), so there is no reason for fantasy owners to look in his direction.
Morris has given up seven runs and struck out 14 in 17.1 innings of work this season. In his first season in San Francisco, Morris has shown he's capable of a middle-innings role. His WHIP is 1.27, down from the 1.42 and 1.48 he's had the last two seasons with Miami. The first-round pick also has a FIP of 2.97, which has him on pace for a career best. He's stuck behind some proven veterans in the bullpen, so his workload doesn't appear to be on the rise anytime soon, but the season is starting to come together nicely for the righty.
Morris was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento on Sunday, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. Morris signed a minor-league pact with the Giants this offseason and was hobbled by a foot fracture early in the season that caused him to miss some time. The 30-year-old has tossed three scoreless innings with Triple-A Sacramento this season and figures to operate in a low-leverage role for the Giants moving forward.