Corey Brock reported that the Padres have signed Brandon Morrow to a minor league contract with an invite to Spring Training. He only made five appearances for the Padres in 2015 before going down with injuries, but those five appearances were very good. His season ended in August when he had shoulder surgery. Last year, his contract was loaded with incentives tied to both starts and relief appearances. It will be interesting to see what kind of contribution he might make next season. Due to his contract status, he very well may start the season in the minors, even if healthy, to provide depth for the MLB staff.
Padres management will have a lot of flexibility in long relievers and spot-starters. Odrisamer Despaigne has bounced between those roles the last two years. Drew Pomeranz has done both during his career, and a similar role would give the coaching staff some opportunities to work through his split vulnerabilities. Brandon Maurer was excellent in late innings last year, but there are hints that he will get a shot at the rotation this year. Brandon Morrow would be a welcome addition to this group, especially if he can reproduce the success he saw in his brief time last year.