Why the Brandon Morrow News Doesn't Freak Me Out (More) and Other Bullets

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Why the Brandon Morrow News Doesn’t Freak Me Out (More) and Other Bullets

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Hoping to get back to a sense of normalcy today after a couple days of sickness. That’ll mean working out midday, and hopefully I don’t get sick in the middle of a burpee or something.

  • I can’t decide if I’m being an unrelenting and unreasonable optimist about the Brandon Morrow news, or if I’m just being pragmatic. That is to say, word that he had a cleanup procedure in his elbow last month, after the bone bruise healed but he still didn’t feel quite right, doesn’t have me freaked out. I feel chill about it. Given his extensive injury history, and the fact that this was always the big risk with his signing, I guess I just feel like … OK, fine. Get in there, try to clean some stuff up, and limit his innings next year. If he misses time at the start of the season but is able to pitch well from May on, that’d be great, right? Even if he *hadn’t* had surgery, that would have been great to hope for. He was already kinda broken, so it’s not like him having surgery makes me more freaked out than I already was. And the Cubs already had massive needs in the bullpen, so it’s not like I wasn’t already expecting them to pursue additions. The news that he had a procedure and probably won’t start the season on time just feels … normal?
  • Put another way, it would have been unreasonable to count on Morrow definitely being a 60-appearance closer next year anyway. The Cubs took a chance on him last offseason, and it didn’t work out for precisely the reasons you would have reasonably feared it would not work out. Whatever he contributes in 2019 was already feeling like a bonus to me, I guess.
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  • Folks wondering why the Cubs gave this information up before signing free agents, and why they waited to do the surgery, by the way:

  • ZiPS is rolling out for the season ahead, and one of the big NL East contenders gets the treatment:

  • That’s FOUR players PROJECTED to top 4.0 WAR, which is pretty much nuts. Not that I can necessarily argue against it, because if each of Freddie Freeman, Ronald Acuña, Ozzie Albies, and Josh Donaldson are healthy, they sure look like 4-win players. And with a couple brilliant framers behind the plate receiving a very serviceable pitching staff? They’re right there with the Nationals as the best team in the East on paper right now. No question.
  • Two reads on the Addison Russell situation:


  • Kyle Hendricks is 29 today, and Jed Hoyer is 45:

  • Sammy Sosa remains in the background:

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Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.