Brandon Morrow, key part of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ post-season success and one of the top relievers on the free agent market, has reportedly agreed to a two year deal worth $10-11 million per year with a third year option with the Chicago Cubs. Reliever Luke Gregerson, meanwhile, has reportedly agreed to a two year, $11 million deal with the St. Louis Cardinals, with a third year option that is a club option at $5 million or vests at $6 million.
Morrow, 33, has pitched in relief the last three seasons after a checkered and injury-plagued run as a starting pitcher for the Toronto Blue Jays, who acquired the former first round pick (taken two picks before Clayton Kershaw) from the Seattle Mariners in eight years ago for Brandon League. 2017 was a breakout season for Morrow, who put up a 2.06 ERA and 1.55 FIP for the Dodgers in 43.2 IP in 45 relief appearances. Morrow also appeared in all 7 of the Dodgers’ World Series games, and all but one of the Dodgers’ postseason games.
While Morrow is a guy with a mixed track record coming off a career-best season, Gregerson has a track record of success, but is coming off a rough year out of the bullpen for the Houston Astros. Gregerson came into 2017 with a career 2.84 ERA and a 2.98 FIP in 558 career appearances, all in relief, over 8 seasons. Gregorson’s home run more than doubled in 2017, though, and he ended the year with a 4.57 ERA and a 4.62 FIP.
While neither pitcher was specifically linked with the Rangers, Texas is in the market for relief help, so these are guys who you would think theoretically Texas at least inquired on. In any case, they are now off the market, so if the Rangers had any serious interest in either pitcher, they’ll now have to move on.