Originally posted on The Outside Corner  |  Last updated 1/24/12

The Toronto Blue Jays took another step towards retaining their core players, extending starting pitcher Brandon Morow for three years today. The deal is worth $20 million and goes through the 2014 season. There is a club option for 2015 worth $10 million.

This deal really helps the Jays, with Morrow starting at arbitration raises in 2012 and 2013 before becoming a free agent after the 2013 season. He could have gotten probably in the neighborhood of $12 million in those two arbitration years, and probably would have gotten $10-13 million a year as a free agent, making the deal a bargain for the Jays. Despite ERAs above 4.00 in each of his two seasons in Toronto, Morrow has been a victim of bad luck, with strand rates under 70% and high BABIPs killing his ERA. Despite the high ERA, he's been worth 7.1 fWAR over the last two seasons with an xFIP right around 3.50. He's struck out more than a batter per inning in both seasons, and last season, increased his strikeout to walk ratio to 2.94.

Morrow's extension will pair will with that of Ricky Romero, who Toronto has locked up through 2015 (with an option for 2016). The two pitchers are joined by star outfielder Jose Bautista, who is also signed through 2015 with an option for 2016. The only arbitration-eligible player that Toronto hasn't agreed with yet is reliever Casey Janssen, who made $1.095 million last year. This team could make a lot of noise in the AL East this season, and for the next couple seasons as well.

Morrow was initially acquired by the Blue Jays after the 2009 season from Seattle, in exchange for reliever Brandon League. In his two seasons in Seattle, League has been worth 1.8 fWAR. He's also a little over a year older than Morrow, making this decision look even worse for Seattle, who could have had Morrow, Michael Pineda (who was traded to the Yankees earlier this month), and Doug Fister (traded to Detroit at last season's trade deadline) behind ace Felix Hernandez, but instead, have a host of raw pitching prospects who aren't ready for the rotation. Well-played, Mariners...

Photo courtesy of Daylife.com


Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

WATCH: Adrien Broner uses Bruce Jenner zinger after win

ESPN explains reason for Dabo Swinney interview error

Brian Kelly: Kizer made right call on 2-point play

Jim Mora calls UCLA's upcoming schedule 'a complete injustice'

Tommy Tuberville returned to Auburn, lined up at Tiger Walk

WATCH: Arizona State pushes pile 20 yards on TD run


Jim McElwain still won't name Will Grier Florida's starter

Steve Smith has microfractures in back, out for Week 5

Cowboys want Brandon Weeden to attempt longer passes

Nebraska captain tells crowd 'I'm sorry we suck'

Report: Dolphins could fire some coaches if team loses to Jets

Georgia fans get #FireRicht trending on Twitter

Cormier tops Gustafsson at UFC 192

Robert Smith wants Braxton Miller back at QB

WATCH: Clemson, Swinney have locker room dance party

10 takeaways from Week 5 of the college football season

WATCH: Dabo Swinney interview awkwardly cut off

Ohio St. LB Darron Lee has message for fans after close win

WATCH: Swedish league player unties opponent's skates

Max Scherzer throws second no-hitter of the season

Ezekiel Elliott jokes he owes his OL a steak dinner

Mike Riley explains questionable pass play on third down

Torey Lovullo would be 'honored' by managerial offers

WATCH: Ohio State stops Indiana on 4th down to win game

McIlroy: Spieth, Day have made me hungry again

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

10 takeaways from Week 5 of the college football season

Rick Pitino and the shadows that never leave

Chad Johnson ... Steelers kicker?

Flacco deserves more from the Ravens

Time for Neymar's Barcelona

Seth Rollins, WWE depth, Divas and winning

Madison Keys and the future of women’s tennis

Most underrated games in NFL Week 4

What to watch in CFB Week 5

Starter strategies for final, tie-breaker and wild card games

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker