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Seattle and Toronto swapping Brandons: Morrow for League in the works

Dec 21, 2009, 11:51 PM EDT’s Ken Rosenthal reports that the Mariners “have reached a tentative agreement” to trade Brandon Morrow to the Blue Jays for Brandon League and an unnamed prospect.
Morrow being on the move is no surprise given that he’s been the subject of trade rumors all offseason, but the assumption had been that the Mariners would deal him for a hitter. Instead they’ll get League, a fellow right-hander who posted a 4.58 ERA in 74.2 innings out of the Blue Jays’ bullpen in 2009.
While that ERA isn’t impressive, he’s a 26-year-old ground-ball machine with a mid-90s fastball whose 76/21 K/BB ratio suggests that his performance warranted a 3.58 ERA more than a 4.58 ERA. League has a chance to be a dominant late-inning reliever, but because Morrow has similar upside with the added bonus that he may still end up sticking in the rotation presumably the prospect going from Toronto to Seattle has considerable value as well.

  1. Mark - Dec 22, 2009 at 12:53 AM

    I’m extremely disappointed in AA. Morrow’s beyond overrated and has no idea where the ball is going. League was absolutely dominant, and with his combination of mid 90’s fastball, 55-60% GB and 9K/9 and 2.5 BB/9 there had to be better value than Morrow. He’s never going to be a good starter.
    To add a prospect is just adding insult to injury.

  2. Eric Solomon - Dec 22, 2009 at 8:12 AM

    Chalk another one up for Jack Z.?

  3. Ryan - Dec 22, 2009 at 10:31 AM

    Uh Oh – Alex A. vs. Jack Z. Battle of the wonderboy GM’s!

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