Cubs closer Brandon Morrow underwent a scope on his elbow in November, MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian reports. Specifcally, the procedure was an arthroscopic debridement, which is a cleanup of cartilage. Morrow’s status for the start of the 2019 regular season is still up in the air.
Morrow, 34, had an injury-shortend 2018 season for the Cubs, saving 22 games with a 1.47 ERA and a 31/9 K/BB ratio in 30 2/3 innings. He went on the disabled list around the All-Star break due to inflammation in his right biceps.
Health has always been an issue for Morrow, who spent his formative years in the Blue Jays’ starting rotation, but crossed the 25-start plateau only twice. Since moving to the bullpen, he has crossed 40 innings only once, in 2017 with the Dodgers (43 2/3 innings).
The Mets have signed catcher Wilson Ramos to a two-year deal, SNY’s Andy Martino reports. The total value of the contract is $19 million, per Fancred’s Jon Heyman.
Ramos, 31, split last season between the Rays and Phillies, putting up one of the best offensive seasons among catchers. In 416 total plate appearances, he hit .306/.358/.487 with 15 home runs and 70 RBI.
Ramos will presumably get the lion’s share of plate appearances behind the plate with Travis d'Arnaud backing him up. Grandal was made a qualifying offer, so the Mets would have had to forfeit a draft pick to sign him. And, of course, Realmuto would have cost prospects. Ramos simply costs money.
The Mets were aggressively pursuing a catching upgrade, having been involved in rumors surrounding J.T. Realmuto and Yasmani Grandal, but ultimately settled on Ramos. New GM Brodie Van Wagenen has made a significant impact on the team already, having also added second baseman Robinson Canó and closer Edwin Díaz from a trade with the Mariners.