Back in September the Yankees acquired Brendan Ryan from the Mariners as emergency infield help even though he wouldn’t have even been eligible for the playoffs and now they’re close re-signing the free agent, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post.
No word on the exact money yet, but Sherman says it’ll be a “small” contract and the Yankees view Ryan as a fallback option at shortstop in case Derek Jeter once again struggles to get healthy.
Ryan is 32 years old and has long been one of the majors’ worst hitters, but he’s an elite defensive shortstop capable of spectacular highlight-reel plays along with excellent advanced metrics.
Cubs closer Brandon Morrow has been out since the All-Star break with a bone bruise and biceps inflammation. In recent days there had been hope that he would be activated in the season’s final two weeks in order to be ready for the playoffs, but that’s not happening: Theo Epstein just said that Morrow is done for the season.
It’s not the first time good expectations for Morrow’s recovery were not met. When he was placed on the DL back in July manager Joe Maddon said he didn’t anticipate Morrow being on the DL for much more than the minimum 10 days. Two months later and here we are.
Morrow, 34, had an excellent season until the arm trouble started, saving 22 games with a 1.47 ERA and a 31/9 K/BB ratio in 30.2 innings. Once he went out the closer’s duties fell to Pedro Strop. Now Strop too is out for at least the rest of the regular season and likely more due to a hamstring strain he suffered last week while running the bases.
Bullpens become a lot more important in the postseason. The Cubs’ bullpen is becoming thinner.