Cubs Targeting a New Closer… or Two


With Wade Davis being a free agent, and probably asking for too much and/or too many years, it was always likely that the Cubs were going to target a new closer. We have that confirmation this morning, thanks to Ken Rosenthal, who is reporting that they are going after 2 different relievers, Mike Minor and Brandon Morrow, in the hopes of landing at least one of them to be the new closer.

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Minor is a 29, soon to be 30 year old lefty who has spent his career in Atlanta and Kansas City. Last season, Minor put up a 2.55 ERA in 77.2 innings with 6 saves, a 57 ERA- and a 61 FIP-, putting him well above average. He was very good with the Royals, but he wouldn’t be my top choice for a closer. You could get him at a reasonable rate, probably a 3 or 4 year deal, but he isn’t exactly going to be a top of the line closer.

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The other option, Brandon Morrow, is more of the closer type, but he is also 33. Marrow, with the Dodgers last season, put up a 2.06 ERA in 43.2 innings, posting 10.31 K/9 and only 1.85 BB/9, in addition, he also had an ERA- of 50 and a FIP- of 37. Dude was unbelievable. Reports I’ve seen have Morrow wanting a 3 year deal, which is understandable, given the numbers he put up last season, but worries me a bit considering he will be 37 when that 3 year deal would be up.

These 2 players would combine to make about what Wade Davis alone will command, so I could definitely see the Cubs shelling out the money to bring both of them in. In that case, with Morrow being a righty, I could certainly see the Cubs using a closer by committee situation, with Morrow and Minor holding down the back end. Combine them with CJ Edwards, who will hopefully have his control issues figured out, and hopefully a return to form from Justin Wilson, and the Cubs could have a very deadly bullpen.

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