Chicago Cubs playing the long game with Brandon Morrow
Chicago Cubs: Brandon Morrow could be a much-needed veteran presence
Theo Epstein hinted the team might not have been cautious enough when the 35-year-old was shut down last August. Not to mention, the makeshift nature of Chicago’s bullpen makes it all the more imperative it has Morrow on retainer.
Aside from Craig Kimbrel, Kyle Ryan and (probably) Jeremy Jeffress, there are very few certainties. Rowan Wick and Brad Wieck figure to remain with the big-league club after solid showings last September. Dan Winkler and Casey Sadler might be candidates in middle relief, not to mention the likes of Duane Underwood Jr. and Ryan Tepera.
But with all that said, there are no set roles. David Ross will have his hands full in his first year as manager. However, Ross would also feel much better knowing a healthy Morrow might provide depth and effectiveness in the later innings.
Granted, Morrow will not have a ton of time to heal up in a 60-game season. But he could also be a major difference-maker in a wide-open, shortened season where anything goes. Thus, the Cubs will closely monitor his health and add him to the pool when they see fit.