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Blue Jays and Brandon Morrow close to three-year extension

Jan 23, 2012, 7:45 PM EDT

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According to Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca, the Blue Jays and right-hander Brandon Morrow are nearing a three-year, $20 million contract extension.

The proposed deal includes a $10 million option for 2015 or a $1 million buyout. An official announcement could come as soon as tomorrow.

Morrow requested $4.2 million and was offered $3.9 million from the Blue Jays when arbitration figures were exchanged last week. The new deal would at least buy out his final two years of arbitration and his first year of free agency.

Morrow, 27, went 11-11 with a 4.72 ERA over a career-high 179 1/3 innings last season. He led American League starting pitchers by averaging 10.19 K/9.

  1. Ari Collins - Jan 23, 2012 at 8:15 PM

    Good contract for the Jays. They commit to him for two additional years, which is a bit of a risk, but with a lot of upside if he stays healthy and good, and with a cheap option for further upside if he’s still performing.

    Morrow’s always reminded me of Edwin Jackson. His performance doesn’t match his stuff, so people call him disappointing, but that belies the fact that what he is is pretty good. And there’s always the chance his performance catches up with his stuff, in which case this could be a helluva bargain.

  2. randygnyc - Jan 23, 2012 at 8:31 PM

    Good deal for BJ’s. Arms are pricey. Lincecum just turned down 5 for 100 million. I’d guess they are 80-100 million below what he wants. (probably wants 8 years or more)

    • foreverchipper10 - Jan 24, 2012 at 4:56 PM

      I’m sorry but I just cant handle using the abbreviation BJ’s for Toronto. Call me immature but let’s be real here folks. When you think of BJ’s you are not thinking of that baseball team up north.

  3. dirtyharry1971 - Jan 23, 2012 at 9:43 PM

    nice chunky ERA, i see no reason why the Jays can’t finish in 4th place again this year, congrats.

    • duluthbuttonhut - Jan 24, 2012 at 12:36 AM

      You again… a typical Blue Jays hater. I guess Randy Johnson was simply lights out asap, ditto Halladay and others. Just because he has a ‘chunky’ era he is garbage, I suppose? Look a little deeper, check the advanced stats. The kids a stud, and will have a great year.

  4. proudlycanadian - Jan 23, 2012 at 11:39 PM

    Morrow had a frustrating year, but seemed to be putting it all together late in the season. He finally figured out what he had to do to be consistent. I recommend that he be drafted as a fantasy league sleeper.

    • cur68 - Jan 24, 2012 at 1:15 AM

      Shhhhhh! Ietquay ithway ethay antasyfay eaguelay eeperslay stuff, PC! Harry’s right: Morrow sucks. Ignore Morrow. Nothing to see here….

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