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
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.
Angels outfielder Kole Calhoun had three more years of arbitration eligibility left, but he and the Angels decided to settle that future business at once on Wednesday, agreeing to a three-year extension worth $26 million, per SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo. The contract also includes a $14 million club option for the 2020 season.
Calhoun, 29, has been a dependable right fielder for the Angels over the last three seasons, batting an aggregate .266/.327/.436 with 61 home runs and 216 RBI in 1,895 plate appearances. According to FanGraphs, Calhoun has been the ninth-most valuable right fielder in baseball since the start of the 2014 season with 11.4 Wins Above Replacement. He ranks slightly behind Giancarlo Stanton (11.9) and just ahead of J.D. Martinez (10.9).
The Angels only have a handful of players signed beyond the 2017 season — just Albert Pujols, Mike Trout, Andrelton Simmons, and Calhoun. The club has options on Ricky Nolasco and Huston Street, while many others will be eligible for arbitration.
Nothing is happening as the baseball world waits four more hours for the Hall of Fame announcement. Question: why do it at 6pm? For MLB Network ratings? Let’s be real, there are “Golden Girls” reruns on third-tier basic cable that are gonna draw a bigger audience. Why not announce it now so people can get on with their lives? Oh well.
As we wait, let’s take a look in at Twitter, where Jim Bowden of ESPN passes along the rumor that the Washington Nationals are still interested in signing Matt Wieters and Greg Holland:
Great to know that the Nats’ baseball operations budget is dictated by its capital expenditures. Maybe they shoulda been smart like the Braves and suckered — er, I mean negotiated the local government to pay more for it? GO BRAVES!
Anyway, Bryce Harper had a response to that:
I take that to mean that he’d take the money used to construct the team store and give to Wieters and Holland. I haven’t seen the budget breakdown for the new spring training facility, but that would probably mean a major pay cut for Wieters and Holland. And where would we buy our “Make Baseball Great Again” caps? Think ahead, Bryce. Play the long game here.