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

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FOXSports.com’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.

Jeff Locke signed by the Marlins

LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 13: Relief pitcher Jeff Locke #49 of the Pittsburgh Pirates throws against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the eighth inning of the baseball game at Dodger Stadium Stadium August 13, 2016, in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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Ken Rosenthal reports that the Marlins have signed lefty Jeff Locke. Terms have yet to be disclosed.

Locke was non-tendered by the Pirates last week after putting up a 5.44 ERA over 127.3 innings in 2016. He’s just 29 and, even if he’s never been super great or anything, he has pitched better in the past, posting a career 4.16 ERA before last season.

Quote of the Day: Kevin Cash gets a dig in on Chris Sale’s jersey-shredding ways

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - SEPTEMBER 21:  Manager Kevin Cash of the Tampa Bay Rays smiles as players on his bench celebrates a home run during the third inning of their game against the New York Yankees at Tropicana Field on September 21, 2016 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Joseph Garnett Jr. /Getty Images)
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OXON HILL, MD — Rays manager Kevin Cash got a good dig in on the Red Sox’ newest pitcher this morning.

Sale, as you likely remember, made headlines in July when he was suspended for five games and fined after shredding the White Sox’ 1977 throwback jerseys with a razor blade because he thought they were uncomfortable and didn’t want to wear them. The uniforms Sale destroyed cost the club $12,000.

Sale is with the Red Sox now, of course, and as a new division rival, Cash was asked to comment on Boston’s acquisition of the lefty. Here’s what he said:

Q. What was your first reaction yesterday when you saw or heard what Boston did?

CASH: No, it helped — our marketing department can now figure out when to do throwback jersey day, so we’re good.

Sick burn.