UPDATE: Brandon League talked with mlb.com about the trade, and is excited.
“I’m excited because I had [Mariners pitching coach] Rick Adair as Double-A pitching coach [in New Hampshire in 2004], and in talking with [former Mariners and Jays reliever] Miguel Batista, he had nothing but good things to say about the Mariners, the direction they’re going,” League said. “I’ve heard nothing but good things about [Seattle manager] Don Wakamatsu. I’m excited to be here, excited that they want me, and I’ll be trying to help out as much as I can to win games.”
Perhaps Batista was telling League about the good ol’ days of Bavasi where salary never reflected actual on-field output.
So those wishful and unrealistic thoughts of Brett Wallace or Travis Snider may have to be put to rest, along with the likes of Brett Cecil, Zach Stewart, Brad Mills or Marc Rzyep … I’m not going to bother trying to spell it.
Chavez is playing winter ball for the Navegantes del Magallanes in Venezuela.
His numbers for Class A Lansing were decent, he hit .283 with 22 doubles, 21 HR, 89 RBI. The 173 strikeouts are a little too high. And remember, this was his second year at Lansing , which is Low A, and he was 20 years old. The year before that with the Lugs, he was apparently overwhelmed, he hit.211 (85-for-402) with seven homers and 39 RBIs in 115 games.
League and Chavez don’t sound like overwhelming returns for Morrow. But remember, Morrow is all talent and potential. He has yet to prove to be anything more than a back of the order rotation guys. Yes, he has the talent to be more. But questions about his health, durability, mental makeup and secondary pitches have yet to be answered completely or definitively.
Perhaps it says a lot about Morrow’s perceived value not only to Jack Zduriencik but around baseball.