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Dodgers Sign Right Handed Reliever Brandon Morrow

A reunion in Los Angeles for Morrow and the Dodgers.



The Dodgers have already started the process of rebuilding their bullpen after losing a few pieces. They kicked that off this month when they made a trade for Corey Knebel, the first of many anticipated project pieces to land in LA. 

The Dodgers took that project mentality a step further today by reuniting with a former reliever of theirs. It was announced Friday afternoon that Los Angeles had signed reliever Brandon Morrow to a minor league contract

Morrow left the Dodgers via free agency following their 2017 World Series run in which they lost to the Astros. Morrow took a two-year deal worth a whopping $21 million to go pitch for the Cubs. Unfortunately, a series of injuries slowed him down to the point where he only threw in 35 games across the two years he spent in Chicago. The Cubbies cut him loose during the Summer of 2020. 

While healthy, Morrow was a lights out reliever for the Dodgers. His 2017 campaign saw him make 45 appearances and pitch to a 2.06 ERA along with a pristine 1.55 FIP. His more than 10 strikeouts per 9 innings pitched was by far the best mark of his career. 

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

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  1. This could be a good move. All upside and no downside. If he returns to firm, great. If not he will be a footnote for 2021. Let’s think positive

  2. Another low risk high potential gain move. They know Morrow and got his best year out of him in 2017.
    This could be great.

  3. Time to get him the ring he was robbed of he definitely deserved one in 2017. What a year for him

  4. And having seen Dodgers win the WS in 2020, he knew it was a no brainer for him to want to be back here. I am sure he will get every opportunity to make the big club out of ST in 2021.

  5. Morrow was another player whose career was upended by the cheating Astros. He was great from the time they aquired him in 2017 right up until the world series. But somehow the Astros were able to hit him. I guess knowing every pitch helped. He had a 2.06 ERA in the regular season, 2.45 in the NLDS, 0.00 in the NLCS. Then suddenly against the cheating Astros his ERA ballooned to 8.44. And now we know why. In 2018 his ERA was back down to 1.47. If he’s healthy, I’d love to see him get a ring with the Dodgers that was stolen from in 2017. Nobody demonstrates how the Astros stole the 2017 WS more than Morrow and Darvish. Darvish struggled for 2 yrs before overcoming the mental effect of the 2017 WS anomaly. He got his mojo back last season. Let’s give Morrow a chance to do the same in 2021. He deserves it.

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