NEW YORK, FEB. 5 -- Jack Morris and Bruce Hurst became the 12th and 13th $3 million pitchers in baseball today when Morris signed with the Minnesota Twins and Hurst received a two-year extension from the San Diego Padres.
Morris, the winningest pitcher of the 1980s with 162 victories, rejected a $9.3 million, three-year offer that would have kept him in Detroit and signed a one-year, $3 million contract with the Twins. He has options for 1992 and 1993 at $2 million a season.
If Morris pitches 240 innings and makes 34 starts in each of the next two seasons, the contract would be worth $11 million over three years.
"He brings us 240 quality innings," Twins Manager Tom Kelly said. "That gives us somebody to look at if things are going bad -- 'Let Jack pick us up tonight.' It helps the bullpen. It gives our young pitchers someone to look up to."
The Twins are betting that Morris, who will turn 36 on May 16, can regain the form that made him one of the most feared pitchers in baseball. Morris, 198-150 with a 3.73 ERA, struggled the past two seasons, going 6-14 with a 4.86 ERA in 1989 and 15-18 with a 4.56 ERA last year.
"At the end of last season, I thought he was throwing as well as he ever had," Kelly said of Morris, who was 4-3 in September with a 2.86 ERA.
Minnesota spurned Morris after the 1986 season, when the owners boycotted free agents. He became a new-look free agent this winter as part of the $280 million collusion settlement, and this time he was able to change teams.
"It took four years and three free agencies to get him there, but he's there now," said Morris's agent, Richard Moss.
"He gave me 12 good years and I don't have one regret about that, and I'm sure he'll give them to Minnesota too," Tigers Manager Sparky Anderson said. "An individual has the right to make up his mind on where he wants to go and Jack has decided to go to Minnesota. I know he's happy about it."
Ten new-look free agents have switched teams, three remained with their clubs for more money and two have kept their old contracts. The 13 players with new deals signed for a total of $84.5 million over 33 years, an average of $2.56 million a season.
Hurst, the most highly sought free agent two winters ago, received an extension though 1993 for $6.4 million.
"Bruce Hurst is a very significant player and person in the Padres' plans for the foreseeable future," San Diego General Manager Joe McIlvaine said in a statement. "We are delighted to be able to come to terms with him on this extension. We look for many good outings from Bruce over the next few years."
Hurst, who will make $1.75 million in 1991, the final season of his three-year, $5.25 million contract, will receive a $500,000 signing bonus as part of the extension and salaries of $2.75 million in 1992 and 1993.
San Diego has an option for 1994 at $3 million, or must pay a $400,000 buyout.
Hurst has averaged 13 victories over the last eight seasons in San Diego and Boston.
In 1988, he was 18-6 with the Red Sox. In 1989, he was 15-11 with a 2.69 ERA, ranking fifth in the National League.
Three players in arbitration agreed to contracts today, reducing the remaining players in that category to 79.
Left-hander Norm Charlton, who made $175,000 last year, more than tripled his salary when he settled with the Reds for $625,000.
In 1990, Charlton had a 12-9 record with a 2.74 ERA and two saves in 56 games. He was 6-5 with a 2.60 ERA in 16 starts, and 6-4 with a 3.02 ERA in 40 relief appearances.
Center fielder Daryl Boston and the New York Mets settled at $750,000; shortstop Luis Rivera agreed with Boston for $565,000. Cubs pitcher Steve Wilson, who is not eligible for arbitration, signed a contract for $230,000.