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Charlie Morton is in agreement on a one-year, $15 million deal with the Atlanta Braves, according to a report from MLB Insider Jeff Passan.
Morton had a 4.74 ERA with the Rays in 2020, but he was coming off of three straight excellent seasons and his 3.45 FIP and .355 BABIP indicate some bad luck. The Braves have some high-end young talent in their rotation but struggled with depth after a number of injuries in 2020. Morton should slot into the rotation behind Ian Anderson, Max Fried, and Mike Soroka to give Atlanta one of the more enviable rotations in baseball.
Charlie Morton's agent B.B. Abbott says that his client "wants to play" in 2021.
Abbott adds that Morton is looking for the right personal/professional fit. The veteran right-hander reportedly prefers to remain with the Rays, who play near his home in Florida. Tampa Bay recently declined his $15 million 2021 option, but there remains a chance of a reunion here.
The Rays are declining Charlie Morton's $15 million 2021 option.
Rays GM Erik Neander told reporters on Friday that they won't be picking up the options on Morton or catcher Mike Zunino. Morton's option was valued at $15 million. He won't receive a buyout and is now a free agent. The veteran right-hander has hinted at the possibility of retirement in the past.
Charlie Morton allowed five runs on seven hits and one walk while striking out six over four 1/3 innings during Friday's 6-2 loss to the Dodgers in Game 3 of the World Series.
Morton was lights out heading into Game 3 of the World Series. He struggled in Friday's loss, yielding five runs across four 1/3 innings. His ERA in the postseason rose from 0.57 to 2.70 with the rough outing. Morton also owns a (3-1) record along with a 1.15 WHIP and 23 strikeouts over 20 innings. The 36-year-old would be lined up to start Game 7 if deemed necessary.
Charlie Morton allowed two hits and one walk while striking out six over five 2/3 scoreless innings during Saturday's 4-2 win over the Astros in Game 7 of the ALCS.
Morton limited the Astros to two hits over five 2/3 scoreless innings to earn the win in Game 7 of the ALCS. He threw a total of 66 pitches, landing 48 for strikes. The 36-year-old has been amazing this postseason, owning a 0.57 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 17:4 K:BB ratio across 15 2/3 innings. Morton will most likely pitch Game 3 or 4 of the World Series next week.