Morrow nearing deal with Cubs

Gary Vasquez- USA Today Sports

Gary Vasquez- USA Today Sports

According to multiple reports on Sunday, the Cubs have agreed to a two-year contract worth 10-11 million per year with an option for 2020 in place with right-handed reliever Brandon Morrow.

Morrow is coming off a magnificent season with the Dodgers and will provide a much-needed reliable option at the back end of the Cubs' bullpen. In 2017, the relief pitcher posted a 2.06 ERA and a.916 WHIP.

Morrow, 33, served as the Dodgers' primary setup man in 2017 as they reached the World Series. Against Chicago, Morrow was stellar. The right-hander struck out seven and allowed just one hit in 4 2/3 innings. 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. He had a 2.06 ERA and 0.92 WHIP in 45 appearances. Though Morrow has a relatively high career ERA (4.05), he has been fantastic the last three years.

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The Cubs will certainly need the help as their bullpen struggled in the postseason this year. 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.

With the Yankees, Angels and Mariners making waves early this offseason, the Cubs and other World Series hopefuls are now scrambling to answer.

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