Morrow to Padres
The Padres remained active on the Hot Stove Tuesday, signing right-hander Brandon Morrow to a one-year deal, a baseball source told MLB.com’s Corey Brock.
The Padres have not confirmed the deal. Morrow became a free agent when the Blue Jays declined his $10 million option for 2015. His deal with San Diego includes $2.5 million in guaranteed money, with a chance to earn $5 million in bonuses for starting and $1 million for relieving.
Morrow’s addition could help the Padres land another bat. He adds depth to the rotation, which would help facilitate a trade for offense, as the club would likely need to move a starting pitcher.
The Padres have a number of starters: Andrew Cashner, Tyson Ross, Ian Kennedy, Odrisamer Despaigne, Jesse Hahn and Robbie Erlin. Prospect Matt Wisler also has a chance to crack the rotation in 2015.
Over eight seasons in the Majors with Seattle and Toronto, Morrow is 42-43 with a 4.28 ERA. But he has a history of health issues and has been on the disabled list at least once in each of the last four years. He’s also been limited to a combined 87 2/3 innings over the last two seasons due to injuries.
Last week, the Padres made a blockbuster trade to land Matt Kemp from the Dodgers. It appears they might not be done dealing this offseason.