Toronto Blue Jays Wiretap
The Blue Jays have decided to shut down pitcher Brandon Morrow.
Morrow will start one more time this season before Toronto puts him on the shelf.
He is 10-6 with a 4.27 ERA in 143 1/3 innings for the Jays this season.
One of Alex Anthopoulos' goals when he took over for J.P. Ricciardi as general manager of the Blue Jays in October was to be transparent with the fan base in any move he made.
Anthopoulos would make no promises of timelines for contention. Instead, he would relay his long-term vision and philosophies, explaining how each decision he made fell within his goal of building Toronto into a baseball powerhouse again.
So far, the Blue Jays have exceeded expectations at the Major League level.
"I'm always looking ahead," Anthopoulos said. "Whether it's weeks, months, years ahead, I always feel like we have a lot of work to do. I think it's always going to feel that way until we get to the point where we make the playoffs, and then we win a championship.
"There's always something to do. There's always work to be done. There are always ways to improve. We're not close to where we need to be in every level of the organization, but we're moving in the right direction.
"I still have so many things I want to get done, so many. I just know I'm going to have to be patient, and it's going to take time. There are just so many things I want to tackle, and I know it takes years."
With six weeks remaining until the end of his first regular season, Anthopoulos believes the Blue Jays are heading in the right direction.
"At some point, when we pull our heads up to catch our breath," Anthopoulos said, "maybe we'll be able to sit back and look at the body of work. We're not close to that point, so we have to just keep our heads down and continue to push forward and continue to work."
The Blue Jays signed first-round draft pick Deck McGuire, agreeing to a minor league contract with a $2M bonus, according to an Associated Press report on Monday night.
Blue Jays pitching prospect Kyle Drabek has pitched well for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats of the Double-A Eastern League.
Drabek, who is 12-9 with a 2.92 ERA in 23 starts this season, has enjoyed a strong second half.
He's won each of his last three starts, allowing just one run over 18 innings while going 3-0.
The Phillies selected Drabek with the 18th overall pick of the 2006 First-Year Player Draft. He was sent to Toronto in the Roy Halladay deal last winter.
Drabek has 2.03 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 142 innings this season.
In his last 10 games, the right-hander has increased his K/BB ratio to 2.55.
On Saturday, Cito Gaston reconfirmed his desire to leave his position as manager of the Blue Jays at the end of the year.
?I?m getting a little old to stay around. I?m outta here,? Gaston said.
?I?m happy in the fact that I?m leaving. There?s some more things I want to do in my life. You can?t get time back. You can get money back, but you can?t get time back.
?More time with my grandkids, more time with my wife to travel some more. I?m 66 years old and there?s a few things I want to do while I can still walk.?
Gaston has no interest in being part of the process to decide his successor.
?I don?t even want to be in the room,? he said.
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