Rays sign SP Morton
Charlie Morton found a new team as the pitcher signed with the Tampa Bay Rays.
The Rays announced on Friday they have signed the right-handed starter to a two-year deal.
The deal reportedly is for $30million, according to Yahoo Sports, citing unidentified league sources.
The deal also includes a third-year option that could be as low as $1m if Morton misses significant time over the first two years because of injury and could be worth as much as $15m if he remains healthy, the report notes.
Morton is coming off one of his strongest seasons as he posted a 15-3 record with a career-best 3.13 ERA in 30 starts for the Houston Astros last season. He was placed on the disabled list in late August with shoulder fatigue, but returned and made one start in the playoffs.
The 35-year-old posted career highs in WHIP and strikeouts in 2018 and finished just 4.2 innings shy of the career-best 171.2 he posted in 2011.