Morrow back with Cubs on minor-league contract

                                                                                                                                                                                                   
  • In his first stint with the Chicago Cubs, injuries took a huge toll on relief pitcher Brandon Morrow. He hasn't pitched since July 15, 2018, but Morrow is back with the Cubs on a minor-league deal.

    In his first stint with the Chicago Cubs, injuries took a huge toll on relief pitcher Brandon Morrow. He hasn't pitched since July 15, 2018, but Morrow is back with the Cubs on a minor-league deal. Associated Press

 
 
Updated 12/13/2019 7:35 PM

With multiple holes to fill in the bullpen, the Cubs have been stockpiling unproven relief pitchers throughout the off-seaaon.

They acquired Jharel Cotton in a trade with Oakland, signed Dan Winkler, who was released by San Francisco, claimed CD Pelham off waivers and got San Diego prospect Trevor Megill in the Rule 5 Draft.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

The Cubs made another move Friday, adding a familiar name to the bullpen.

First reported by USA Today's Bob Nightengale, Brandon Morrow is rejoining the Cubs on a minor-league contract that has a $1 million base with another $1.25 million in incentives.

Of course, Morrow has to make the major-league roster to get paid, and that all depends on his health.

Originally signed by the Cubs to a two-year, $21 million contract on Dec. 12, 2017, Morrow pitched in 35 games in 2018 and had a 1.47 ERA and 22 saves.

The 35-year-old reliever last pitched on July 15 of '18 due to biceps and elbow injuries.

If he's healthy, Morrow could be an asset for the Cubs.

In 12 major-league seasons with the Mariners, Blue Jays, Padres, Dodgers and Cubs, the right-hander is 51-43 with a 3.96 ERA and 40 saves in 334 games (113 starts).

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