Brandon Morrow is a talented 25-year-old pitcher.
He's also "the guy the Mariners drafted when they should have taken Tim Lincecum."
Some labels you just can't shake. Maybe now that the Mariners have sent Morrow to Toronto for Brandon League and Johermyn Chavez (great name, huh?), Morrow will get out from under this one. And maybe, after two years in which the Mariners couldn't seem to figure out if he's a starter or a closer, Morrow will develop into one (with Toronto, he'll start out as a starter).
But for one final time, let's think back to what the Mariners did in June 2006, because it symbolizes how much things went wrong in the Bill Bavasi regime, almost as much as the Erik Bedard trade does.
Lincecum was pitching across town at the University of Washington. If any team should have realized what he was and what he might become, it was the Mariners. Seattle had the sixth pick in that June's draft.
The Mariners weren't the only team to pass on Lincecum, who went to the Giants with the 10th pick. But the Mariners were the team that should have been most familiar with him.
It only made matters worse that the M's used their pick on another college right-hander, another Pac-10 right-hander -- Morrow, from the University of California. He was in the big leagues the following year, but in parts of three seasons he's just 8-12 with 16 saves.
Morrow has shown some promise. Lincecum has back-to-back Cy Youngs.
And, we promise, that's the last time we'll bring it up -- at least until Morrow wins a Cy Young, or League helps the Mariners to the World Series, or Johermyn Chavez (whose first name is sometimes spelled Yohermyn) becomes an MVP.