Major League Baseball free agent rumors: Cubs closing in on RP Brandon Morrow

Ruben Hill
December 11, 2017

If Morrow can match the level of effectiveness he had as a Dodger, there's no doubt he'll be a solid closer for the Cubs.

The Chicago Cubs reportedly agreed to a free-agent deal with relief pitcher Brandon Morrow on Saturday worth between $10 million and $11 million per season, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

Jeff Passen of Yahoo Sports has added that it is a two-year deal, with an option for 2020, pending a physical. Morrow has endured an array of injuries dating to his days as a starter and reliever with the Mariners and Blue Jays, but he showed newfound endurance by pitching in all seven games of the 2017 World Series. Wade Davis closed for Chicago last season, but he's expected to sign elsewhere in free agency.

Good thing, too, as Morrow established himself as an integral cog of the Dodgers bullpen en route to the team's first World Series appearance since 1988.

The former fifth overall draft pick by Seattle had a 2.06 ERA in 45 games with 10.3 strikeouts per nine innings (1.9 walks per nine).

During the playoffs, Morrow was the ironman for the Dodgers as he appeared in 14 of their 15 playoffs games.

The addition of Morrow will allow the Cubs to keep C.J. Edwards in a setup role. He has what the team believes is the talent to eventually become a closer but too often struggled with his command.

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