With the Colorado Rockies looking to enhance their bullpen heading into 2017, there are plenty of options available to the team. Nolan Lees threw out three names of relievers in a recent article who he believes can help the Rockies next season. However, there’s another name from the National League West that might fit well into Colorado’s bullpen next season as well.
Brandon Morrow played for the San Diego Padres last season in a limited role and is a free agent. In his short time with the Padres, he made an impact last season, going 1-0 with a 1.69 ERA in 16 innings covering 18 games.
In his two seasons in San Diego, Morrow has put together a 3-0 mark with a 2.39 ERA. He started five games for the Padres in 2015 while coming out of the bullpen in every appearance last season.
During his 2015 campaign, he started twice against the Rockies. In 21 innings against other teams, Morrow allowed just three earned runs. In two starts against Colorado, Morrow surrendered seven earned runs in 12 innings. Needless to say, the Rockies were his tormentor.
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Morrow will turn 33 next season. The right-hander was selected by the Seattle Mariners with the fifth overall pick in the 2006 amateur draft. In his 10 seasons in the league, he’s started 113 of 254 games, showing he can come in as a starter or long reliever when needed.
He has battled health issues as you can read in this article, but when he’s been healthy he’s been dynamic. He lost a no-hitter in 2010 with two outs in the ninth after striking out 17 Tampa Bay batters in a 1-0 win for Toronto.
Last season with the Padres, Morrow earned $507,500. That price tag came after Morrow made $2.5 million with the Padres in 2015. Needless to say, if the Rockies bring on an experienced pitcher to bolster the bullpen without breaking the bank, Morrow fits the mold nicely.