January 24, 2012
Jays ink Morrow for 3 years, $20M
By SPORTS NETWORK
TORONTO - The Toronto Blue Jays have signed pitcher Brandon Morrow to a three-year contract worth $20 million with a club option for 2015.
Morrow was 11-11 with a 4.27 earned run average and 203 strikeouts in a career-high 30 starts last season, his second in Toronto after being acquired from Seattle for pitcher Brandon League.
After bouncing between the rotation and the bullpen during three years with the Mariners, the Blue Jays made the right-hander a starter. He is 21-18 with a 4.62 ERA and 381 strikeouts over 325 2/3 innings with Toronto.
The new deal covers Morrow's last two years of salary arbitration and his first year of free agency. The Blue Jays now have their top two starters under contract, as Ricky Romero has a deal through 2015 with a club option for 2016.
Morrow, 27, was selected by Seattle with the fifth overall pick of the 2006 draft and owns a career mark of 29-30 with a 4.37 ERA in 187 games, including 71 starts.