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Morrow nearing deal with Cubs

11 December 2017

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.

His 1.69 ERA in 18 appearances that season compelled the Dodgers to sign him, and he became a key part of their pen in 2017.

Morrow has a career 4.05 ERA in the regular season as both a starter and a reliever. With last year's closer from the Cubs, Wade Davis, becoming a free agent, Morrow could end up finishing games for the Cubs after his numbers were spectacular in 2016. In the regular season, he had 35 appearances with a 2.06 ERA and a ideal 6-0 record with 50 strikeouts in 43 2/3 innings. Morrow hasn't allowed a home run since September 8, 2016, to Cristhian Adames of the Rockies. The Cubs are still after more arms as the winter meetings begin.

The agreement will be official once Morrow passes a physical examination.

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Multiple relievers from the 2017 Cubs team are now free agents, so adding Morrow has been a priority from the start of the offseason.

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.

The Cubs took their first major step toward addressing their pitching staff Thursday by signing starting pitcher Tyler Chatwood to a three-year, $38 million contract.

Morrow nearing deal with Cubs