16:39: Morton will receive consistent $ 15 million salaries, according to Jon Heyman of Fancred (via Twitter). The deal includes transfer bonuses if traded on Morton, valued at $ 1MM in 2019 and $ 500K in 2020.
15:03: The rays agree to a deal with the right hand Charlie Morton, according to Jon Paul Morosi of MLB.com (Twitter connection). Mark Toppie of Tampa Bay Times The reported earlier today that Morton and the rays were close to a deal and also for the first time reported the interest between the two countries earlier this week,
Morton, a Jet Sports Management customer, will win $ 30MM for the two-year contract, according to Yahoo Sports, "Jeff Passan." The deal also includes an option for the 2021 season, which may cost up to $ 15 million if Morton stays healthy, to be as low as $ 1 million if Morton suffered significant damage in the first two years MLBTR ranked Morton 14th on our list of 50 free offseason agents and predicted Morton for a two-year commitment of $ 32MM , so it can significantly exceed this figure if the year option is exercised of the full amount.
Although $ 30MM in guaranteed money is not an enormous amount of most free agent standards, it is counted as a big disappointment with low-cost rays, even though the club has managed to count the extra costs after the season, from the books in long-term engagements. Even better for the rays, they managed to cut wages while still doing their most competitive team over the years, boasting a young list that won 90 matches in 2018. This progress left Tampa to want to spends a little more in the hope of making a full push to the season after season.
35-year-old Morton has enjoyed an end-of-career career since joining Astros before the 2017 season, and uses a new slope philosophy that focuses more on streetwat and generating more speed. The veteran has 3,36 ERA, 10,4 K / 9 and 3,19 K / BB for 313 2/3 in-house in-flight in Houston, which includes a key role in the Astros 2017 World Series championship and Morton's first career All – Starting bed in 2018. The veteran has released 6.3 fWAR over the past two years, as opposed to 7.8 fWAR in the first nine seasons of the Braves, Pirates and Phillies.
Astros did not issue a one-year qualifying offer to Morton, although they offered the hurler a one-year contract with an option for a second year. The Rangers were another well-known suitor, and it could be assumed that several other clubs had an interest in Morton, given his recent success and the fact that he could be signed for a shorter deal. Morton had the impression that he could retire soon and did not look for a long-term commitment, though he seems to be coping with the spikes for at least two more seasons. Morton also expressed interest in returning to Houston or joining a team closer to his wife's family in Delaware so that the location of the east coast of the rays could have been a factor even if Tampa Bay and Delaware were not right in the immediate vicinity.
Morton is now joining the Al-Kai Award winner Blake Snell and Tyler Glasow as the only three conventional starters in the rotation of "Radi" as a manager Kevin Cash that the team will continue to use an "opening device" at least twice during each turn of the rotation. Although rays have used discoverers very regularly in 2018 (even on almost daily in the summer while Snell is on DL), adding a veteran hand like Morton to cover the initiation provides an extra cushion for the embossed hull while preparing for another significant load.
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