Jeff Passan just tweeted that the Dodgers have signed Brandon Morrow to a minor league deal with an invitation to Spring Training. He is, as he was when he came to San Diego two years ago, an injury reclamation project. That didn't work out all that well for the Padres, although Morrow did pitch well when he wasn't, you know, injured.
Morrow made the Padres' rotation out of Spring Training in 2015 after signing as a free agent in December, but it didn't take long before he was on the shelf. He made five starts before hitting the DL with a shoulder injury in early May, then he went on ice for the year after leaving a rehab start with shoulder pain the next month. He opened 2016 on the disabled list yet again but, after additional setbacks, returned to the team in mid-August as a reliever. Morrow made 18 appearances, totalling 16 innings of work, and never pitched longer than an inning and a third - something he did only once, in his second game back. He was a regular Fernando Rodney for all of August, pitching 5.2 scoreless innings over six games; he then opened September by allowing exactly one earned run in each of his first three games before shutting out the various opposition in his final eight appearances.
Although the majority of his experience is as a starter, the Dodgers will be giving him a shot in relief, which makes sense considering both injury concerns and how well Morrow did out of the 'pen last year. But more importantly, I have the opportunity to make the dumb pun I've been sitting on for years.
Source: Dodgers sign Brandon Morrow to a non-roster deal. He'll be a reliever, and if he stays healthy, he's got a good shot to make team.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) January 26, 2017