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.

Three A’s rookies hit their first big league home runs on Saturday

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The Athletics followed Friday’s 3-0 shutout with a rookie-led home run derby on Saturday afternoon, watching not one, not two, but three rookies belt their first major league home runs off of the White Sox’ James Shields.

Right fielder Matt Olson was the first to strike, taking Shields deep on a first-pitch, two-run blast in the first inning for his first home run in 49 major league plate appearances:

Fellow outfielder Jaycob Brugman duplicated his teammate’s results in the second inning with a solo home run, his first extra-base hit of any kind since he made his debut on June 9:

In the third, with a comfortable 4-0 lead backing two scoreless frames from Oakland right-hander Daniel Gossett, Franklin Barreto took his shot at Shields. After getting the call several hours prior to Saturday’s game, he became the fastest of the three rookies to record his first big league homer, going yard on a 2-2 changeup and driving in Bruce Maxwell to give the A’s a six-run advantage.

The Athletics currently lead the White Sox 8-2 in the top of the sixth inning.

Athletics call up top prospect Franklin Barreto

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The Athletics called up their top prospect on Saturday, inserting shortstop Franklin Barreto into the lineup for their second game against the White Sox. Barreto was originally scheduled to make his major league debut on Sunday, but got a head start after Jed Lowrie sustained a minor knee sprain in Friday’s 3-0 win and was scratched from Saturday’s lineup.

Barreto, 21, has been rapidly climbing the rungs of the A’s minor league system after getting dealt by the Blue Jays in 2014. He got his first taste of Triple-A action late last year, going 6-for-17 with three RBI and getting caught stealing in two attempts. He fared little better this spring, slashing .281/.326/.428 with eight home runs and a .754 OPS through his first 309 PA in Nashville.

While his minor league production has been solid, if underwhelming for a prospect of his caliber, the A’s are expected to give the rookie infielder a long leash with both Marcus Semien and Chad Pinder sitting on the disabled list. Pinder landed on the 10-day DL after suffering a left hamstring strain on Friday. Semien, meanwhile, is still working his way back from the 60-day DL with a right wrist fracture and likely won’t rejoin the team until he completes a rehab assignment with High-A Stockton.