Report: Morrow-for-League swap close

Updated: December 22, 2009, 6:31 PM ET
Associated Press

SEATTLE -- A baseball official familiar with the talks says the Toronto Blue Jays are close to acquiring former No. 1 draft choice Brandon Morrow from the Seattle Mariners for fellow reliever Brandon League and a prospect.

The deal is pending physicals that were to be taken later Tuesday, the official says. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because neither team has announced the move.

The trade was first reported by

Multiple reports say Seattle also is getting 20-year-old, Class A outfielder Yohermyn Chavez.

Morrow has shown flashes of brilliance with the Mariners but he has been slowed as Seattle has converted him from a starter to a reliever and back. He was sharp as a fill-in closer in 2008.

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