Larry Stone’s writes a nice draft piece focusing on Morrow:
the reaction in Seattle’s war room when the Mariners made the fifth overall pick Ã¢â‚¬â€ California junior right-hander Brandon Morrow Ã¢â‚¬â€ made it clear that this was the college arm they were targeting.
Again, I have no idea, but if the people in the war room had already been told by ownership they couldn’t go get Miller, and Morrow was the guy they wanted next, that’s going to be their reaction. During the draft, they’re not going to be calling up Lincoln and asking if he’s got an extra $3m hanging around and if he’s in the mood to spend it because they’re shocked Miller was still available.
There’s actually some support for this in David Andriesen’s PI piece:
The Mariners had a chance to take Andrew Miller, the North Carolina left-hander who was once considered a lock to be the top overall pick but dropped amid fears about his asking price. But in the conference room, packed with two dozen Mariners officials, there was not a word of discussion after the early picks. Morrow was Plan A. The Mariners passed on Miller, who went to Detroit with the next pick.
Not a word of discussion? That seems like – at least – they had the same idea others did, that Miller might be dropping, and had already considered it.
I’ll stop flogging that angle. We’ll probably never know unless somone like Fontaine or Bavasi spills, and that’s not the kind of thing that leaks if you want there to be a next year (or a next job) in your baseball future.
Andriesen also has a short description of what the draft room is like.
Art Thiel has a weird bit on Morrow and the M’s pitching injuries.