Brandon Morrow, Cubs Agree On Minor League Deal

Morrow missed all of 2019 with various arm injuries.

670 The Score Staff
December 13, 2019 - 4:33 pm
Cubs closer Brandon Morrow

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(670 The Score) Reliever Brandon Morrow will have another chance to earn a role in the Cubs' bullpen.

Morrow, 35, has agreed to a minor league deal to return to the Cubs, a source confirmed Friday. Jesse Rogers of ESPN first reported the news.

Morrow hasn't pitched in an MLB game since July 2018 as he has dealt with a variety of arm injuries. The Cubs are bringing him back on a low-risk deal after not getting much return on the original two-year contract he signed before the 2018 season. Morrow will make $20,000 a month in the minor leagues on his new deal, a source told 670 reporter Bruce Levine. If he's promoted to the big league team, Morrow's contract will be worth $1 million. He can earn up to $1.25 million in bonuses based on a threshold of games pitched.

Morrow had arthroscopic surgery on his elbow in November 2018. While the Cubs noted that surgery was to clean up cartilage and they expected him back about a month into the 2019 regular season, Morrow instead endured a long, arduous rehab process and encountered many setbacks, which included a procedure to decompress a nerve in late July.

Morrow was dominant when healthy in 2018, posting a 1.47 ERA and converting 22 of 24 save chances. The Cubs have previously expressed their desire to add more relievers with velocity and swing-and-miss stuff, and Morrow fits that bill when healthy.