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Brandon Morrow | Relief Pitcher | #17

Team: Chicago Cubs
Age / DOB:  (33) / 7/26/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 207
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: California
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 1 (5) / SEA
Contract: view contract details
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Cubs' President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein said Saturday that he's confident in Brandon Morrow as the team's closer for the 2018 season.
The club could still add another high-leverage bullpen arm in the next couple of weeks, but if they enter the season with their current roster it'll be Morrow who gets the first crack at the ninth inning. The main concern with Morrow has always been health, so as long as he can avoid injury he should have substantial fantasy value in 2018. Jan 13 - 10:48 AM

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Cubs signed RHP Brandon Morrow to a two-year, $21 million contract with a $12 million vesting option for 2020.

The deal was agreed upon Sunday and then finalized Tuesday after Morrow passed his physical. The 33-year-old righty posted a spectacular 2.06 ERA and 50/9 K/BB ratio over 43 2/3 regular-season innings for the Dodgers in 2017 and then made 14 appearances in the postseason. He could get a chance to close in Chicago, though the Cubs probably aren't done adding late-inning relievers.
Tue, Dec 12, 2017 09:11:00 PM

According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, Brandon Morrow's deal with the Cubs is for $21 million over two years.

The deal is still pending a physical. He'll make $9 million in each of the next two seasons while there's a $12 million vesting option for 2020 which includes a $3 million buyout. Morrow managed to stay healthy this past season while posting a dominant 2.06 ERA and 50/9 K/BB ratio over 43 2/3 innings. He gives the Cubs a potential option at closer, but Rosenthal reports that the club is expected to add another late-inning arm.
Mon, Dec 11, 2017 08:28:00 AM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Cubs are "closing in" on a contract with Brandon Morrow.

Bruce Levine of WSCR-AM previously reported that the Cubs were "moving quickly" on Morrow, and it appears the two sides are nearing a deal. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that it's a two-year contract with a club option for a third year, and Heyman says Morrow will receive $10-11 million per season. Finally healthy for the first time in years, Morrow posted a 2.06 ERA and 50/9 K/BB ratio over 43 2/3 innings for the Dodgers last season. He could be in line to close for the Cubbies, although the expectation is that they will look to add another late-inning reliever.
Sun, Dec 10, 2017 03:01:00 PM

Bruce Levine of WSCR-AM in Chicago reports that the Cubs "are moving quickly" on Brandon Morrow.

It was Levine who reported previously that Morrow and Addison Reed were "high on the Cubs' wish list," and it appears the club is more aggressive on Morrow. Morrow put up a 2.06 ERA and 50/9 K/BB ratio over 43 2/3 innings last season with the Dodgers and could possibly close for the Cubs if they can lock him up. He has a lengthy injury history but has the potential to be dominant.
Sun, Dec 10, 2017 02:53:00 PM

CBS Chicago's Bruce Levine says free agent relievers Brandon Morrow and Addison Reed are "high on the Cubs' wish list."

Morrow is on a lot of teams' lists after posting a 2.06 ERA and 50/9 K/BB ratio over 43 2/3 innings this past season. The Cubs have a late-inning need, assuming closer Wade Davis leaves in free agency. With the Winter Meetings looming, the team could move quickly to secure one of its priority options to avoid being left out in the cold.
Source: CBS Chicago
Sat, Dec 9, 2017 09:25:00 PM

According to Patrick Mooney of NBC Sports Chicago, the Cubs have identified free agent reliever Brandon Morrow as an offseason target.

Morrow put up a stellar 2.06 ERA and 50/9 K/BB ratio over 43 2/3 regular-season innings for the Dodgers and then shut down the Cubs in the National League Championship Series. Mooney says the Cubs "are also expected to monitor" the market for free agent Addison Reed as they look for new late-inning relief options. The asking price on Orioles closer Zach Britton is said to be "too high."
Thu, Nov 16, 2017 11:54:00 AM

John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Giants have "checked in on" Brandon Morrow.

They'll have competition, as Shea notes that "many teams are calling on Morrow," who posted a 2.06 ERA and 50/9 K/BB ratio over 43 2/3 relief innings for the Dodgers this season. The Giants are expected to go after at least one reliever this winter as they look to stabilize things ahead of closer Mark Melancon.
Mon, Nov 13, 2017 01:52:00 PM

Brandon Morrow told MLB Network Radio on Thursday that he'd like to remain with the Dodgers as a free agent.

Morrow qualified the statement with an "all things being equal," suggesting that he wants to get out there and get the biggest deal he can. Of course, the Dodgers have the flexibility to be generous. One imagines they'll make a significant bid to keep him.
Thu, Nov 9, 2017 04:44:00 PM

Brandon Morrow worked a tidy nine-pitch scoreless sixth inning in Saturday's game at Colorado to pick up another relief victory.

Morrow improved to 6-0 while lowering his ERA to 2.06. He also has an impressive 0.92 WHIP, easily a career best. A move to the bullpen in 2016 with the Padres has revived his career.
Sun, Oct 1, 2017 02:37:00 AM

Brandon Morrow worked a scoreless ninth inning against the Giants on Sunday, protecting a two-run lead to earn his second save of the season.

Morrow retired all three hitters that he faced, two of them via strikeout. He has done a tremendous job out of the Dodgers' bullpen this season, compiling a 2.11 ERA, 0.89 WHIP and 50/8 K/BB ratio in his 42 2/3 innings.
Sun, Sep 24, 2017 07:16:00 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Dodgers are open to trading Brandon Morrow or Sergio Romo.

The idea would be to clear a spot for an acquisition of a left-handed reliever to create better balance in the bullpen. Morrow, with a 2.30 ERA and 20/2 K/BB ratio over 15 2/3 innings, would be the more appealing trade chip at this point. Romo has struggled to the tune of a 6.12 ERA over 30 appearances this season.
Mon, Jul 17, 2017 12:50:00 PM

Dodgers recalled RHP Brandon Morrow from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

In his previous stint with the Dodgers this season, Morrow did not allow a run in five appearances. The veteran right-hander will work in middle relief now that he has been called back up.
Wed, Jun 21, 2017 09:15:00 PM

Dodgers optioned RHP Brandon Morrow to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Alex Wood was activated from the DL in the corresponding move. Morrow spun six shutout innings during his five-game stint in Los Angeles. He'll be back, and probably before long.
Sat, Jun 10, 2017 08:52:00 PM

Dodgers purchased the contract of RHP Brandon Morrow from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

He'll take the place of the injured Alex Wood (SC joint inflammation) on the active roster. Morrow has posted a 5.71 ERA over 17 relief appearances in Triple-A this year, but he has allowed just two runs over 9 1/3 innings of work this month. Morrow has mostly pitched as a starter in the majors, but he'll pitch in relief with the Dodgers.
Mon, May 29, 2017 12:05:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Willson Contreras
2Victor Caratini
3Chris Gimenez
4Taylor Davis
1B1Anthony Rizzo
2B1Javier Baez
2Ben Zobrist
3David Bote
SS1Addison Russell
3B1Kris Bryant
2Tommy La Stella
LF1Kyle Schwarber
CF1Albert Almora
2Ian Happ
RF1Jason Heyward
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jon Lester
2Jose Quintana
3Kyle Hendricks
4Tyler Chatwood
5Jen-Ho Tseng
6Adbert Alzolay
7Oscar De La Cruz
8Drew Smyly
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Brandon Morrow
2Carl Edwards Jr.
3Steve Cishek
4Pedro Strop
5Justin Wilson
6Mike Montgomery
7Brian Duensing
8Justin Grimm
9Dillon Maples
10Rob Zastryzny
11Dario Alvarez
12Cory Mazzoni
13Anthony Bass