Evan Grant is reporting that Matt Morris will sign with a National League team tomorrow.
So even though the Rangers apparently made the best financial offer, Morris decided to go elsewhere. Given how this had been playing out, I don't think anyone should be surprised. It appeared pretty clear that Morris didn't want to come to Texas.
And while I'm sure this will be blamed on the ballpark, I think the fact that the Rangers play in the A.L., and have been a bad team the past few years with a not-real-well-regarded organization, have as much, if not more, to do with it.
If the Rangers start winning again, players like Morris will be more willing to play here. Having a great park for pitchers isn't a panacea for getting free agent pitchers...just look at Detroit.