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Cubs finalize 2-year deals with Morrow ($21M), Smyly ($10M)

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) The Chicago Cubs finalized a $21 million, two-year contract with right-hander Brandon Morrow after the reliever played a key role in their loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL Championship Series and also completed a $10 million two-year deal with injured left-hander Drew Smyly.

The 33-year-old Morrow went 6-0 with a 2.06 ERA and two saves in 45 appearances for Los Angeles last season. The hard-throwing right-hander did not allow a home run in 43 2/3 innings.

Morrow could step into the closer job for Chicago. Wade Davis had a career-high 32 saves for the Cubs and made the NL All-Star team this year, then became a free agent.

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Leaders
AVG: K. Bryant.295
HR: A. Rizzo32
RBI: A. Rizzo109
SB: J. Báez10
W: J. Arrieta14
ERA: J. Arrieta3.53
Saves: W. Davis32
K: J. Lester180
NL Central
TeamWLPctGB
X-Chi Cubs 9270.568-
Milwaukee 8676.5316
St. Louis 8379.5129
Pittsburgh 7587.46317
Cincinnati 6894.42024
Full Standings
General Batting (Rank)
AVG: .255 (16)
Runs: 822 (4)
Hits: 1402 (16)
Home Runs: 223 (9)
Stolen Bases: 62 (24)
OBP: .338 (4)
SLG: .437 (7)
Total Bases: 2403 (10)
General Pitching (Rank)
Earned Run Average: 3.95 (7)
Runs Allowed: 695 (7)
Saves: 38 (16)
Strikeouts: 1439 (8)
OpBA: .238 (4)
OBP: .315 (10)
SLG: .398 (6)
Run Support: 5.11 (6)
Transactions
Date Player Transactions
12/12 B. Morrow Signed as Free Agent ( 2018-2019; Opt 2020)(two-year contract)
12/12 D. Smyly Signed as Free Agent ( 2018-2019)(two-year contract)
12/7 T. Chatwood Signed as Free Agent ( 2018-2020)(three-year contract)
12/4 M. Carasiti Signed to Play in Japan (Yakult Swallows)
12/4 M. Carasiti Cleared Waivers and Became a Free Agent
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Injuries
Date Player Status
9/13 K. Uehara Right knee infection (day-to-day)
8/18 J. Grimm off 10-day DL
8/18 J. Lester off 10-day DL
8/10 W. Contreras off 10-day DL
8/9 K. Uehara off 10-day DL
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