Dodgers: Four relievers that can fill Brandon Morrow’s place

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(Photo by Maxx Wolfson/Getty Images) – Dodgers
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Brandon Morrow became a star during the 2017 MLB Postseason. Unfortunately for the Dodgers, this led to the Cubs signing the Dodgers setup man.

Brandon Morrow was a very pleasant surprise for the Los Angeles Dodgers during the 2017 season. Prior to the season beginning, the team signed Morrow to a one-year minor league deal worth just north of $1 million. Morrow quickly made his way to the big league roster and the fifth overall pick of the 2006 MLB Draft thrived.

Morrow was never able to really hit the ground running throughout his career. Injuries effectively ended his unproductive career as a starting pitcher. In 23 appearances with the San Diego Padres in 2015 and 2016, Morrow showed promise. The sample size was small, but his ERA was 2.39.

Thus, Andre Friedman’s front office did what they do best and they found a diamond in the rough in Morrow. Morrow was the Dodgers’ best bullpen arm aside from Kenley Jansen and was a staple of the 2017 MLB Playoffs. In 45 regular season appearances, Morrow held a 2.06 ERA with 50 strikeouts.

After the bounce back year, Morrow seemingly became a closing candidate for MLB teams. Thus, the Chicago Cubs swooped in, signing Morrow to a multi-year deal worth just north of $10 million a year. Morrow was great for the Dodgers, but $10 million was a bit pricey for a setup guy.

However, there are some free agent reliever options the Dodgers could consider as well as some trade candidates. Therefore, here are four guys that could fill Brandon Morrow’s place in 2018.