The Toronto Blue Jays selected Seattle Mariners LHP Brian Moran in the MLB Rule V draft on Thursday morning. Moran, 25, was 2-5 with a 3.45 ERA in 48 games, 85Ks in 62.2 IP in AAA last season. Over those 62.2 UP, he allowed 4 HR and 20 BB while striking out 85. Moran was plagued with an unusally high .407 BABIP in 2013, so given better defense/luck his numbers only look to improve.
Moran will give the Blue Jays another potential left-handed option out of the bullpen, possibly freeing up the team to depart with one of their more proven bullpen arms that may actually generate a return on the trade market given the high asking price of many remaining free agent relief pitchers.
Alex Anthopoulos tends to like guys with high strike outs/low walks out of his bullpen, and Moran perfectly fits the bill. Brett Cecil was the Jays primary option against lefties out of the bullpen last season, but began to wear down as the season progressed. Having a lefty insurance policy to help take the load off can only increase the bullpen’s effectiveness.
While certainly not the big splash that Blue Jays fans were expecting at the winter meetings, the acquisition of Moran may in fact make the Blue Jays a (slightly) better team in 2014, and that is a good thing.
Ignore the above essentially.
Blue Jays flip Rule 5 pick Moran to Angels for international cap space per Anthopoulos.
— Ben Nicholson-Smith (@bnicholsonsmith) December 12, 2013
— Shi Davidi (@ShiDavidi) December 12, 2013