Cubs agree to a deal with pitcher Brandon Morrow


Morrow most frequently pitched the seventh or eighth inning, yielding just 31 hits and 10 runs in 43.2 innings of relief work.

Cubs executives moved swiftly this week in order to fill pitching holes in their rotation and bullpen. If he does, he would be the fourth different closer for the Cubs in as many seasons. The Cubs were in need of some bullpen help as they parted ties with Hector Rondon and the question surrounding whether closer Wade Davis would be back on the North Side.

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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. It is also rumored that Chicago will pursue a deal with starting pitcher Alex Cobb as the MLB Winter Meetings kick off. Morrow will join Tyler Chatwood as new additions to the Cubs bullpen as Chicago recently signed Chatwood to a three-year deal.

Yahoo's Jeff Passan reports that the deal will be for two years, with an option for a third season. He was so good and so reliable that the Dodgers used him in all but one of their postseason games. Injuries hampered his effectiveness as a starter, as he pitched in just 28 games combined from 2013 to 2015.

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Morrow, 33, has posted a 1.96 ERA in 63 appearances over the past two seasons with the Padres and Dodgers. That's still a possibility, as president of baseball operations Theo Epstein noted at season's end, but for now, all that talent remains with Chicago.

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