Cardinals sign Matt Belisle to one-year, $3.5 million deal

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From the official Twitter account of the St. Louis Cardinals …

FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal says the one-year deal is worth $3.5 million and carries $500,000 worth of performance-based bonuses. Belisle posted an ugly 4.87 ERA and 1.44 WHIP across 64 2/3 innings this past season out of the Rockies’ bullpen, but it’s reasonable to believe that the 34-year-old right-hander will fare much better in moving from the least-pitcher-friendly environment in baseball to one of the friendliest.

Cubs shut Brandon Morrow down for remainder of 2019

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Cubs reliever Brandon Morrow, on a rehab assignment as he works his way back from elbow and forearm issues, suffered a setback and has been shut down for the remainder of the 2019 season, MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian reports.

Morrow, 35, hasn’t pitched since July 15, 2018. The right-hander inked a two-year, $21 million contract with the Cubs in December 2017 but has been unable to stay healthy. When he did pitch last year, he was excellent, limiting the opposition to five runs on 24 hits and nine walks with 31 strikeouts and 22 saves in 30 2/3 innings.

Morrow is likely done as a Cub. He has a vesting option for 2020 worth $12 million. The details aren’t publicly available but it presumably won’t vest. The Cubs can instead buy him out for $3 million, making him a free agent.