Former Phillies reliever finds a new home with Chicago Cubs


Former Phillies reliever Adam Morgan has officially moved on. The left-hander has signed a minor-league contract with the Chicago Cubs. The deal includes an invitation to big-league spring training camp.

Morgan, who will turn 31 in February, became a free agent after clearing waivers in October. Earlier that month, he had surgery to repair a flexor pronator injury in the area of his left elbow. 

Morgan had been a member of the Phillies organization since 2011 when he was selected in the third round of that year’s draft out of the University of Alabama. Originally a starter, he survived a serious shoulder injury that required surgery and made it to the majors as a starter in 2015.

In 2017, Morgan became a full-time reliever. Both his fastball velocity and his slider improved after the move and from 2017-2019, he pitched in 144 games for the Phils and recorded a 3.97 ERA. 

Morgan suffered a forearm strain midway through the 2019 season. The injury lingered into the 2020 season and the pitcher’s velocity declined as his ERA rose. Finally, Morgan had surgery to address the issue in October.

Morgan is expected to be ready to pitch sometime in March and could be a factor in the Cubs’ bullpen shortly after that.

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