4:39 pm: Morton will receive $ 15MM consecutive wages, per Jon Heyman from Fancred (through Twitter). The agreement includes assignment bonuses if Morton is traded, which is valued at $ 1MM in 2019 and $ 500K in 2020.
3:03 pm: The Rays agree dealing with the right hand side Charlie Morton, according to Jon Paul Morosi MLB.com (Twitter link). Marc Topkin from Tampa Bay Times reported Earlier today that Morton and Rays were close to a deal, and also the first party interest was reported earlier this week.
Morton, client of Jet Sports Management, will earn $ 30MM over the two-year contract, according to Jeff Passan Yahoo Sports. The agreement also includes an option for the 2021 season that could be worth as much as $ 15MM if Morton is still healthy, but it could also be as low as $ 1MM if Morton suffers a significant injury over the first two years. Morton 14 graduated on MLBTR on our list of 50 free offseason agents and Morton projected for a two-year commitment, $ 32MM, so it could be higher than that figure if it were; That option is used on the full amount.
Although a sum of £ 30MM in guaranteed money is not a huge amount from most free agent standards, it counts as a large litter by the low-cost Railways, although the club can count on the expenditure extra after a season that clearly saw millions off the books in long-term commitments. Even better for the Rays, they were able to break payroll while continuing to start their most competitive team in years, attracting a young roster that won 90 games in 2018. That increase away from Tampa, he was willing to spend a little extra in the hope of pushing up to the next season post-seasons berth.
The 35-year-old Morton has enjoyed waking up a long career since she came to Astros before the 2017 season and employs a new pitching philosophy that focused more on strikes and generates more speed. The veteran has a 3.36 ERA, 10.4 K / 9, and a 3.19 K / BB rate over 313 2/3 nomination in Houston dress, which has been a key player in the Astros World Series 2017 and first career Morton All -Star anchor in 2018. The veteran has posted 6.3 fWAR over the last two years, instead of 7.8 fWAR over the first nine terms with Braves, Pirates, and Phillies.
The Astros did not offer Morton a one-year qualification, although they offered a one-year hurler contract with a second year option. The Rangers were another director, and one would assume that many other clubs were interested in Morton in view of his recent success and the fact that he could be signed into a short-term deal. Morton had given the impression that she could retire soon and she was not looking for a long-term commitment, although it seems that she will put on the spices for at least two other terms. Morton had also expressed an interest either returning to Houston or joining a team that had been located closer to his wife's family in Delaware, so the eastern Rays coast area might have been something that factor, even if Tampa Bay and Delaware are not exactly close.
Morton is now joining the Young Cy Award winner Blake Snell a Tyler Glasnow as the only three conventional commencement in the Rays rotation, as a manager Kevin Cash has said that the team will continue to use "opener" at least twice during each turn of the rotation. Although the Rays use openers very regularly in 2018 (even every day during the summer while Snell is on the GB), adding an ancient arm like Morton to cover shadows, it provides an extra cushion for the release body as she prepares for another substantial workload.
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