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Chicago Cubs Officially (Officially) Sign Brandon Morrow to Two-Year Deal, Plus Option

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You may not have even been aware of this, since everyone has been analyzing the addition for days, but the Cubs deal with free agent reliever Brandon Morrow wasn’t actually officially official before just now. The signing was pending a physical (not an insignificant thing for a guy like Morrow, with his injury history).


Fortunately … everything must’ve been great (or good enough!):

Morrow, 33, had a breakout season with the Dodgers in 2017 and figures to compete/be a front-runner for the Cubs closing job in 2018. You can read more about him and his deal here, here, and here (free agent profile).


According to Ken Rosenthal, his deal is for two years and $21M, with a $3M buyout or $12M vesting option for 2020. The Cubs’ announcement indicates that the 2020 option is “club/vesting,” so I assume it either vests as a player option, or the Cubs get to still make their own decision on it as a club option. That’s nice.

Now, we just have to pretend we never saw this (I kid, I kid):

After the Morrow signing and the Drew Smyly signing, the Cubs’ 40-man roster stands at 37.


Michael Cerami

Michael Cerami is a Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @Michael_Cerami.