Brandon Morrow rejoins the Blue Jays as a reliever

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Out since May with a torn tendon in his finger, oft-injured right-hander Brandon Morrow is off the disabled list and has rejoined the Blue Jays. And it’ll be as a reliever.

Morrow has been exclusively a starter for Toronto since 2010, including what looked at the time like a breakout season as a starter in 2012, but he’s been injured and effective of late and the Blue Jays are hoping a bullpen role can keep him healthier.

Morrow began his career as a reliever for the Mariners, totaling 16 saves, but Seattle traded him to Toronto in December of 2009. If he’s healthy and still has his mid-90s fastball relief work could certainly suit Morrow well at this point in his career, but … who knows.

Rays’ Erik Neander named Executive of the Year

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At the GM meetings in Scottsdale, Arizona on Monday, Rays GM Erik Neander was named the recipient of Major League Baseball’s Executive of the Year Award for the 2019 season. The Yankees’ Brian Cashman was the runner-up while the Athletics’ Billy Beane and the Twins’ Derek Falvey tied for third place.

Neander has worked for the Rays since 2017 but has operated in his current role since November 2016, taking over for Matthew Silverman who was promoted to president of the Rays alongside Brian Auld.

The Rays had, by far, the lowest payroll in baseball at $53.5 million, according to USA TODAY. Neander’s peers voting him Executive of the Year on the same today the league had to curtail its awarding of a prize belt to the team that suppressed salaries the most in arbitration is… certainly interesting timing.

At any rate, Neander’s Rays went 96-66 in 2019, finishing in second place in the AL East behind the 103-59 Yankees. The Rays claimed the second AL Wild Card and defeated the A’s to earn entry into the ALDS where they lost in five games to the Astros. It was the Rays’ first playoff appearance since 2013 and their regular season win total was second-most in franchise history behind the 2008 team (97).