Brandon Morrow thinks his growth was stunted in Seattle

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Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times caught up with Brandon Morrow before he left town for Toronto. Morrow’s view of the world: he’s happy about the trade because now Seattle can stop messing with his development as a starter:

“I was never really allowed to develop as a starter the way I and a lot
of other people thought I should be allowed to.  Hopefully, this new chance means I get to develop as a starter more.
Changing roles has just been detrimental to me . . . As a reliever, you get your one inning and I was able to overpower a
lot of hitters. I think that was a big part of stunting my
development because I was allowed to overpower hitters with my
fastball.”

Of course, there’s a decent chance that he would have spent more time in the minors had the M’s not brought him up and featured him in the bullpen like they did. And he would have had a lot more mileage on his arm by now.

Neither of those facts change Morrow’s point — the kid should be starting in my mind — but he’ll benefit by reaching free agency at a younger age and with a fresher arm than he might have otherwise.

Rays trade Jake Odorizzi to Twins

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The Rays have traded right-hander Jake Odorizzi to the Twins, per team announcements on Saturday evening. The Twins will receive minor league shortstop Jermaine Palacios in the deal. Despite previous speculation, recently-DFA’d outfielder Corey Dickerson was not included in the trade.

With Odorizzi, the Twins finally have the front-end starter they’ve been seeking all winter. It’s a bargain deal as well, as the 27-year-old righty is under contract through 2019 and didn’t require the club to part with any of their top-shelf prospects in the trade. Odorizzi will be looking to stage a comeback in 2018 after a dismal performance with the Rays last year, during which he eked out a career-worst 4.14 ERA, 3.8 BB/9 and 8.0 SO/9 through 143 1/3 innings.

Palacios, 21, ranked no. 27 in the Twins’ system last season. He split his year between Single-A Cedar Rapids and High-A Fort Myers, raking a combined .296/.333/.454 with 13 home runs and 20 stolen bases in 539 plate appearances. He’s expected to continue developing at shortstop, though he’s also seen limited time at second and third base during his four-year career in the minors.