M’s trade Morrow to Blue Jays
The Mariners still are not finished.
In their latest move, the Mariners have traded right-hander
Brandon Morrow to the Blue Jays in exchange for right-hander
Brandon League and minor-league outfielder Johermyn Chavez.
The Jays, who recently traded ace right-hander Roy Halladay
to the Phillies, could use Morrow as a starter or as a closer. From
the Mariners’ perspective, the prospect — likely a
pitcher — could be the key to the deal.
Morrow, 25, was the Mariners’ first-round pick and
fifth overall selection in the 2006 draft. The M’s have used
him as both a starter and reliever and bounced him back and forth
between the majors and minors.
In three major-league seasons, Morrow has yet to throw 70
innings. However, his ERA in 197 2/3 career innings is 3.96, and he
has averaged more than a strikeout per inning.
League, 26, appeared in 67 games for the Jays last season,
posting a 4.58 ERA.