One of the main contributors to the Los Angeles Dodgers reaching their first World Series since 1988 in 2017 was reliever Brandon Morrow, who became just the second pitcher to ever throw in all seven games of a World Series.
Morrow was brought in on a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training last offseason and after a strong season, he was able to cash in by signing a two-year deal with the Chicago Cubs.
While Morrow will surely be a big loss for the Dodgers, it’s hard not to be happy for him considering how much he has endured in his career.
After the deal with the Cubs became official, Morrow took to Twitter to thank Dodgers organization, his teammates and the fans for all the support they showed him in 2017:
Thank you to the @Dodgers organization, my teammates and the fans in LA for making the 2017 season an incredible experience.
— Brandon Morrow (@2Morrow23) December 13, 2017
In Morrow, the Cubs are getting one of the best relievers in all of baseball in 2017 as he finished the regular season 6-0 in 45 games with a 2.06 ERA, 1.55 FIP, 0.92 WHIP while striking out in 43.2 innings.
He demonstrated his value in the postseason, pitching in 14 of the Dodgers 15 games and yielding a 3.95 ERA. Morrow’s inflated ERA was largely a byproduct of an abysmal appearance against the Houston Astros in Game 5 of the World Series.
Morrow will not be easy to replace, but president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman pegged Yimi Garcia and Tony Cingrani as two players who could see extended opportunities with Morrow no longer in the mix.