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Report: Morrow being traded to the Blue Jays

Post by Ryan Divish on Dec. 21, 2009 at 10:16 pm with 4 Comments »
December 22, 2009 1:43 am
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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, 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.

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  1. I agree, this “prospect” had best be a monster. (Remember in Z we trust……)

    it does seem odd since Morrow still does have upside potential trading for a reliever just south of a 5 era.

    I personally think the problem with Morrow is that Billo the clown kept changing his role every 5 minutes, & that his named isn’t Lincecum.

  2. rightwingrick says:

    This could mean the WiZard (Jack Z) has a free agent starting pitcher in the fold, and was looking for prospects in trade that would help put together a package for another step he has in mind.

    League, for instance, has good stuff and may free up a bullpen arm for trade; the prospect we receive may be another piece a third team might have an interest in.

    If the prospect is a catcher, might the WiZard be postioning for a blockbuster with San Diego: RP Mark Lowe, Jose Lopez, the new catcher, CF Ezekiel Carrera (monster season in AA), and perhaps SS Carlos Triunfel for Adrian Gonzalez?

  3. Pat_riot says:

    I’m sad to see Morrow go. The Jays will probably let him start for *gasp* an entire season; and with that consistency he’ll be the stud he’s capable of being.

    I do love all the moves Jack is making though.. wizard? genius? Who knows, a couple/few years down the road we’ll be able to determine that. I seem to remember an ecstatic fan base when Bavasi made huge free agent signings of Sexson and Beltre.. and Silva even.. wow those turned out great didn’t they!

    So, though I do like being an actual player in the market for the first time in seemingly forever, time will tell if they’re good moves or not. My only real qualm is, when he came here he went on and on about re-building the farm system.. and all he’s done is trade it away.. hmm..

  4. Adrian Beltre does not deserve to be included with the two turds disguised as baseball players that Pat_riot mentioned. I’m more than ready to move on from the Bavasi era and get rid of nearly all it’s players, Beltre included, but in no way should Beltre be considered an epic failure on the level of those two. That’s not cool.

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