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Cardinals Add Bud Norris to a Crowded Bullpen

The Cardinals have signed Bud Norris to a one-year deal to add some depth to their bullpen. They have yet to acquire a lights-out proven closer, meaning the team's ninth-inning role needs to be closely monitored. For Norris, he’s become a decent reliever once he began his transition to the bullpen in 2015. As a reliever, his walk rate stayed the same, while his strikeouts jumped from ~8 K/9 to 10 K/9. While the strikeouts increased, he has not seen an improvement in his ERA because he seems more hittable. Last season, he…

Cubs and Cardinals Add Potential Closers

Brandon Morrow The Cubs added Brandon Morrow to a two-year deal. The 33-year-old-righty joins an already deep bullpen and could be the team’s closer if the season started today. Morrow came out of nowhere last season to be a productive reliever. He pitched in 18 games as a reliever for the Padres in 2016 with a nice 1.69 ERA, while his ERA estimators were closer to 4.50. His 4.5 K/9 added little to his value. He was on no one’s fantasy radar. Then he busted out in 2017 with a 98-mph fastball, which was up 3.5 mph from…