Published: Mon, December 11, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Cubs Reportedly Sign Brandon Morrow; Pending Physical

Cubs Reportedly Sign Brandon Morrow; Pending Physical

The Chicago Cubs have found a big piece for their 2018 bullpen.

The Cubs and reliever Brandon Morrow have agreed on a two-year deal with an option, according to Yahoo's Jeff Passan.

In November, Morrow expressed a desire to remain with the Dodgers - assuming, of course, that they were willing to pony up the kind of multi-year deal he's now seeking.

Morrow is the second pitcher to join the Cubs since last Thursday.

With closer Wade Davis available via free agency, however, the Cubs needed to strengthen their bullpen. In the regular season, he had 35 appearances with a 2.06 ERA and a flawless 6-0 record with 50 strikeouts in 43 2/3 innings. Morrow will join Tyler Chatwood as new additions to the Cubs bullpen as Chicago recently signed Chatwood to a three-year deal.

Fanrag sports reported that the deal for Morrow is more than $10 million per season for two years. The 33-year-old pitched 14 out of 15 Dodgers playoff games this past postseason, including all seven in the World Series loss against the Houston Astros. Injuries hampered his effectiveness as a starter, as he pitched in just 28 games combined from 2013 to 2015. He was 6-0 with two saves, 10 holds, a 2.06 ERA and 0.92 WHIP. It wasn't until Game 5 of the World Series, where pitching for the fifth game in a row, that he finally had a bad outing.

The Cubs will now turn their full attention during Winter Meetings to free agent starter Alex Cobb to round out their starting rotation.

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