By Richard Kagan
The Chicago Cubs are reportedly near finalizing a deal with ex Dodger reliever Brandon Morrow, who starred in the Dodger’s post-season.
Morrow faced the Cubs in the 2017 NCLS and was virtually unhittable. He allowed one hit, and 7 strike-outs in 4 2/3 innings. He mowed down Cubs hitting with a sizzling 97 mph fastball.
During the regular season, Morrow, 33, had an ERA of 2.06 and did not allow a home-run. Morrow was used as the set-up man to Kenley Jannsen, the closer for Los Angeles.
It is not known how Morrow would be used, but he is a quality reliever. The deal is reportedly for two years at approximately $11 million a year. It is believed that Morrow has to take and pass a physical before this deal can go through.
The Cubs are in the process of re-making the Bull pen. Closer Wade Davis is still out there, and it is thought the Cubs and his agent will be in talks during the Winter Meetings, which start today in Florida.
Morrow appears to be an excellent pick-up for the Cubs. Chicago hope he can continue to be a force late in the game, as he was for LA.
The Winter meetings signal the real start of the Hot Stove League, the time during the off-season, when clubs add key players to their roster. Giancarlo Stanton just signed a deal with the NY Yankees. Stanton, the former Marlins’ slugger now joins a team top heavy with hitters with Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez.
Morrow can only help the Cubs’ Bull pen which was inconsistent during the season and in the playoffs.