The race to land touted free-agent starting pitcher Charlie Morton is over, with the Atlanta Braves coming out on top to land his services.
Tuesday morning has kicked off with an absolute bang for the Atlanta Braves, as they’ve got some big-time help headed to Truist Park for next season. That’s because MLB insider Mark Feisand just dropped some news fans everywhere are going to love.
Touted free-agent pitcher Charlie Morton has made his decision, with him heading to Atlanta on a one-year deal. It goes without saying, but this is a monster victory for the Atlanta front office.
Atlanta signing Charlie Morton to a one-year deal is massive news for the Braves
The Braves, unfortunately, had to deal with countless injuries with their starting pitchers last season, of course including Mike Soroka going down with a torn Achilles. Depth for the unit was a bit down last campaign.
Adding Morton surely takes care of that, as the two-time All-Star has been pitching at a high level in recent years. Last season during the shortened campaign, he went 2-2 with a 4.74 ERA for the AL champion Tampa Bay Rays. Morton pitching in the World Series is something the Braves are hoping he can once again say next fall.
Atlanta has one of the best young teams in the bigs, few can argue with that fact. Adding Morton to the rotation is bad news for the rest of the NL East. Morton made it to the All-Star Game in 2018 and 2019, having dynamite campaigns both years. In 2018 he went 15-3 and followed that up in 2019 by going 16-6 in his first season with the Rays.
Morton actually started his career back in 2008 with the Braves before joining the Pirates the following season. He’s all set to make his return to Atlanta, with the team poised to make serious noise once again in 2021.