Richmond Times-Dispatch

Braves sign Morton to one-year deal


The Atlanta Braves were looking for more than just experience and depth when they signed two-time AllStar Charlie Morton to a $15 million, one-year deal Tuesday.

As was the case when the Braves recently signed another veteran for the rotation, DrewSmyly, general manager Alex Anthopoulo­s sought a power arm to help push Atlanta to the World Series.

Morton, a 37-year-old right-hander, is returning to the Braves after helping Tampa Bay reach the World Series this season.

The Rays declined his $15 million option and the Braves gave him what he would have earned.

The Braves relied on their young starting pitchers to move within one game of the World Series this year, falling to the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 7 of the NL Championsh­ip Series.

Braves left-hander Max Fried finished fifth in the NL Cy Young Award voting. Rookie sensation Ian Anderson and KyleWright also boosted the rotation after Atlanta lost ace Mike Soroka with a torn Achilles tendon.

The Braves are counting on Soroka’s return in 2021, but the injury was a reminder of the need for depth.

Morton was 2-2 with a 4.74 ERA in nine starts with Tampa Bay in 2020. He was 3-1 with a 2.70 ERA in four postseason starts as the Rays advanced to the World Series.

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