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The Blue Jays finalize their extension with Brandon Morrow

Jan 24, 2012, 11:33 AM EST

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Yesterday we heard about the Blue Jays and Brandon Morrow nearing a three-year extension. Today it’s final: three years, $20 million with a $10 million team option for 2015. A $1 million buyout makes it a $21 million total commitment.

A gamble? Sure, but not a gigantic one and an average of $7 million a year for three years isn’t much for a guy like him. Yes, Morrow can be erratic and can walk a lot of people, but that stuff and those strikeout rates are the sorts of things that makes images of Randy Johnson dance in teams’ heads.

If he can make a couple of adjustments he’s a top starter, locked up through arbitration and two years of free agency. If he never advances, he’s still useful and gone before he gets way too expensive.

  1. missthemexpos - Jan 24, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    For a fastball pitcher, sure has an effortless throwing motion.

  2. trevorb06 - Jan 24, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    Isn’t he more of an Edwin Jackson type starter? With a few adjustments Jackson would also be a top tier starter, as well.

  3. cur68 - Jan 24, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    This guy has pitch selection problems and a minor location issue. By the end of last season, his “just missed the zone” and “taken deep on a heater down the middle” issues were disappearing. He’d stopped trying to blow it by everyone when he was in trouble and cultivated a change up & curve ball for strikes to the big hitters. The low power guys still got the heaters, and it was a fireball. He looked like an ace. I’m anxious to see how he fares this season, but this could be a gooder for him.

  4. proudlycanadian - Jan 24, 2012 at 1:35 PM

    His last 3 starts in 2011 were impressive. I think that he only gave up 2 runs during those 3 starts. He seems to have figured out what he has to do in order to succeed.

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