Pirates sign RHP Morton to 3-year contract
The Pittsburgh Pirates and right-handed pitcher Charlie Morton
have agreed to a three-year, $21 million contract.
The 30-year-old Morton went 7-4 with a 3.26 ERA in 20 starts for
the Pirates in 2013. The deal includes a 2017 club option for $9.5
Morton missed most of 2012 and the beginning of 2013 while
recovering from elbow reconstruction surgery. His return bolstered
a rotation that propelled the Pirates to 94 wins and the
franchise’s first playoff appearance in 21 years.
Morton gives the Pirates some needed depth and stability behind
Francisco Liriano and Gerrit Cole. The Pirates still hope to sign
free agent A.J. Burnett, who is mulling retirement. Left-hander
Wandy Rodriguez, who sat out the final four months of the 2013
season due to arm trouble, is also expected to be back.