Padres reportedly offer deal to righty Morrow

Padres reportedly offer deal to righty Morrow

SAN DIEGO -- The Winter Meetings wrapped on Thursday, but the Padres continue to keep busy in pursuit of roster upgrades for the 2015 season.

On Friday, the team was linked to right-handed free-agent pitcher Brandon Morrow, who was the No. 5 overall Draft pick in 2006 by the Mariners.

FOXSports.com reported that the Padres have offered the 30-year-old Morrow a one-year contract that is incentive-laden. The club has not confirmed the offer.

Hot Stove Tracker

Morrow is 42-43 with a 4.28 ERA in eight seasons in the big leagues with the Mariners and Blue Jays. He has been limited to a combined 87 2/3 innings the last two seasons due to a right forearm strain and a torn tendon sheath in his right hand.

Brock on Padres adding Kemp

The report stated that Morrow -- who has a career 9.4 strikeout-per-nine inning mark -- has offers to start and pitch in relief, but his preference is to start.

Morrow has been on the disabled list five times in his career, including at least one stop in each of the last four seasons.

The Padres have Andrew Cashner, Tyson Ross, Ian Kennedy, Odrisamer Despaigne, Jesse Hahn and Robbie Erlin as starting rotation candidates, with prospect Matt Wisler knocking on the door.

It's possible the club could move a starting pitcher in pursuit of a corner infielder.

The Padres continue to look for offensive upgrades even after agreeing to a five-player deal that landed them Matt Kemp from the Dodgers late Wednesday. That deal hasn't been made official.

Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.