The Chicago Cubs and right-handed pitcher Brandon Morrow have agreed to terms on a two-year contract that includes a club/vesting option for the 2020 campaign. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Morrow, 33, went 6-0 with 10 holds, two saves and a 2.06 ERA (10 ER/43.2 IP) in 45 relief appearances for the Los Angeles Dodgers last season. He posted a 0.92 WHIP and did not allow a home run in his 43.2 innings pitched. He walked only nine batters while fanning 50, an average of 1.9 walks and 10.3 strikeouts per nine innings.
Morrow limited opponents to a .194 batting average, including a .125 mark by left-handed hitters and a .231 mark by righthanders, while his .454 opponents OPS was the lowest mark in the National League by any pitcher with at least 40 appearances.
The righthander saw action in 14 post-season games in 2017, including all seven games of the World Series, and posted no record and a 3.95 ERA (6 ER/13.2 IP). He became only the second pitcher in major league history to appear in seven World Series games, joining Oakland’s Darold Knowles in 1973.
Since moving to the National League in 2015, Morrow has gone 9-0 with 12 holds, two saves and a 2.23 ERA (23 ER/92.2 IP) in 68 outings, all but five in relief.
Overall, Morrow is 51-43 with 35 holds, 18 saves and a 4.05 ERA (373 ER/828.1 IP) in 299 major league appearances (113 starts, 186 relief outings) covering all or part of 11 seasons with the Seattle Mariners (2007-09), Toronto Blue Jays (2010-14), San Diego Padres (2015-16) and Dodgers (2017).