Surf's Up, Seattle: Toronto Blue Jays Swap Brandons (League for Morrow)

Ian HunterCorrespondent IDecember 22, 2009

BOSTON - SEPTEMBER 29:  Jason Frasor #54 of the Toronto Blue Jays celebrates the win over the Boston Red Sox on September 29, 2009 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.The Blue Jays defeated the Red Sox 8-7.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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I’m not sure if there are ample surfing spots in Washington State, but Brandon League is certainly going to get lots of practice on the West Coast playing for the Seattle Mariners.

The trade was finalized today sending League and minor league prospect Johermyn (yo-Herman!) Chavez to the M’s for Brandon Morrow.

The Blue Jays certainly appear to be on the winning side of this deal; Morrow has a lot of upside and with just over one year of service time he would be under team control until 2012.

League often tortured us with his Jekyll/Hyde antics: one week, he would be lights out, and the next he looked like a deer in the headlights.

The trade comes as a bit of surprise; one would have expected Lyle Overbay to be the next Blue Jay dealt, but it turns out that Brandon League is the one who will now take up residence in Washington State.

Condolences go out to Drew at Ghostrunner on First who has had not one, not two, but three of his favourite players stripped away and traded to other teams this year. Talk about kicking a man when he's down ...

After all is said and done, I look forward to seeing Brandon Morrow pitch in Toronto. It sounds like he has a lot of potential, and could be a solid number two starter down the road.


Peering into the Crystal Ball

Imagine if you will three years from now and picture what the Blue Jays starting rotation will look like. Take your pick from these five guys: Shaun Marcum, Brandon Morrow, Ricky Romero, Brett Cecil, Marc Rzepczynski, and Kyle Drabek.

It still may be a few years down the road, but that sounds like the Blue Jays will have one hell of a starting rotation in a couple of years that could contend with the best teams in the American League.