Published: Mon, December 11, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Chicago Cubs sign Brandon Morrow for bullpen

Chicago Cubs sign Brandon Morrow for bullpen

Even with that addition, the Cubs will still need more bullpen help, as Hector Rondon was non-tendered and pitchers like Pedro Strop and Carl Edwards Jr. struggled at times last season. Morrow will have big shoes to fill, but after the season he had in 2017 there's little doubt that he can handle it.

The Cubs' search for a new closer may have quickly come to an end.

The oft-injured, former Blue Jay had a bounce back season with the Los Angeles Dodgers previous year, going 6-0, with a 2.06 ERA, 0.92 WHIP, with 50 strikeouts in 43.2 innings. With the potential loss of free agent closer Wade Davis, rumored to test the free agency market, Morrow will conceivably be slotted into the closer role for the north siders.

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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. As the Winter Meetings opened Sunday, the Cubs are still making a push to sign right-hander Alex Cobb to a multi-year deal. Morrow, most recently with the National League pennant-winning Los Angeles Dodgers, is expected to earn $10-11 million per season on a deal reported to be for two years. Morrow went back to the bullpen with the Padres late in 2015 and established himself a quality back-end reliever in 2016.

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

The Cubs have been pleased to address some pitching needs without having to move any of their core young players.

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