UPDATE: There are reports that both Morrow and League are headed to take physicals so this trade could be announced soon. No word on the prospect yet, but names like Brett Wallace and Travis Snider don’t seem likely possibilities. If either somehow ends up in the deal, Mariners fans should just erect the statue of Jack Zduriencik tomorrow.
Could yet another former first-round draft pick of the Seattle Mariners be on the move?
Late Monday night, Foxsports.com Ken Rosenthal was reporting via Twitter that the Mariners and Toronto Blue Jays had reached a tentative deal that would send right-handed starter and 2006 first-round pick Brandon Morrow to the Toronto Blue Jays for right-handed reliever Brandon League and a prospect.
There has been no confirmation from the Mariners on the deal.
At this point, the prospect better be pretty solid, considering Morrow’s stuff and the “potential” Mariners fans have been waiting him to live up to.
Morrow, who has bounced back and forth from reliever and starter throughout his time with Seattle, was 2-4 with a 4.39 ERA in 69 2/3 innings last year. He started last season as the Mariners closer, but struggled at times, posting an 0-3 record with six saves and a 6.38 ERA. He lost his closing duties after blowing back-to-back saves against Texas in early May.
After some time in the bullpen, the Mariners then decided to transition him back to a starter for good. He made a handful of starts with the Mariners, before being optioned to Triple A Tacoma to complete the transition.
As a starter for the M’s, he was 2-1 in 10 starts with a 3.68 ERA.
League appeared in 67 games for the Blue Jays, posting a 3-6 record with a 4.58 ERA. He struck out 76 batters in 74 2/3 innings.
If the trade goes through, it would mean that Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik had sent the third formmer first round pick of Seattle. Last year at midseason, he packaged 2005 first-round pick Jeff Clement to the Pirates as part of a multi-player deal that landed Seattle shortstop Jack Wilson and pitcher Ian Snell.
A week ago, Zduriencik traded 2007 first-round pick Phillippe Aumont, a reliever, to the Philadelphia Phillies as part of a three-player swap for former Cy Young award winnger Cliff Lee.