In an off-season with very little news, MLB Trade Rumors, pointed us to this:
Talked to Brent Morel at the East Bank club in Chicago today. He has been told he will be moved to second base by the Blue Jays .— Bruce Levine (@MLBBruceLevine) January 31, 2014
Because moving third basemen to second has worked so well for the Blue Jays recently. Just kidding.
This move makes sense. We are really thin at second, I'm not thrilled with the Ryan Goins/Maicer Izturis platoon at second. Morel hasn't played second in the majors and has a whole 2 games of experience at the position in the minors, but really it can't hurt to try. Morel isn't going to move Brett Lawrie off third base, but, if Goins doesn't figure out how to hit in the majors or if Izturis has a season like last year's, he might might have a shot at a job in the middle of our infield. Or he could be part of a whole new second base platoon with Munenori Kawasaki.
Not that Morel has a great track record against major league pitching, though before the 2011 season, Baseball America had him as the 85th best prospect in baseball. I guess it isn't only Blue Jays prospect that fail. Here's his MLB numbers:
The same MLB Trade Rumors story points us to another Blue Jays related Tweet. This one from Jim Bowden:
We keep getting told this, but until we actually sign one of them, I'm not believing.