Pitcher Brandon Morrow showed flashes of brilliance with the Mariners, but GM Jack Zduriencik decided to trade the fifth pick in the 2006 draft to Toronto for reliever Brandon League.
Morrow, who came within four outs of throwing a no-hitter against the Yankees in his first big-league start in 2008, came within one out of no-hitting Tampa Bay on Sunday. He struck out 17 and walked two in the 1-0 victory, his fifth straight. Morrow’s now 9-6 with a 4.45 ERA.
League, meanwhile, has been one of Seattle’e most consistent performers this season. He’s appeared in 50 games, leads the team with eight wins and a 3.21 ERA.
But with Cliff Lee gone, Eric Bedard out with more arm problems and Ryan-Rowland Smith struggling, it might be nice to have a 26-year-old starter like Morrow. You always knew the potential was there.
Yeah, I know, it’s easy to second guess, but Zduriencik didn’t exactly hit home runs with the signings of Chone Figgins, Milton Bradley and Casey Kotchman either
So do you stick wih these guys for another year, and hope they put up numbers that are on the back of their baseball cards, or do you wheel and deal, and try to replace them? The farm system seems to be a year or two away from having anybody ready to step in and make a major contribution.