Braves sign RHP Morton to $  20 million deal for 2022

The contract includes a $ 20 million club option for 2023 with no buyout.

The 37-year-old right-hander has been a stalwart of the rotation for the first-place Braves, 가고있다 13-5 와 함께 3.47 그는 안에 있었다 28 시작.

Morton leads the team in wins and has provided veteran leadership in a rotation that includes Max Fried and a pair of 23-year-olds, Ian Anderson and Huascar Ynoa.

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The deal comes 2 1/2 weeks after the Braves reached a similar, low-risk move with catcher Travis d’Arnaud. He agreed to a two-year, $ 16 million contract beginning next season, 와 함께 $ 8 million club option for 2024 that doesn’t have a buyout.

The Braves signed Morton to a one-year, $ 15 million contract in free agency after he helped the Tampa Bay Rays reach the 2020 월드 시리즈. It marked a return to the franchise where he began his career in 2008.

Morton has been a huge addition to the Braves, especially after former ace Mike Soroka tore his Achilles tendon for the second time and was ruled out for the season.

With Soroka’s future uncertain, Morton provides additional depth for 2022. The right-hander has lasted at least six innings in 17 그의 28 시작, and failed to go at least five innings only three times.

Morton picked up his 13th win on Sunday, pitching two-hit ball over seven innings 안에 9-2 win at Colorado. 더 브레이브스, who were off Monday, hold a two-game lead over Philadelphia in the NL East as they seek their fourth straight division title.

I don’t think any moment is too big for him,” d’Arnaud said. “Whenever we need him, he always shows up.

Morton has been especially valuable at taking pressure off the Bravesbullpen.

It’s not really about yourself. It’s about what’s best for the team,” 그는 말했다. “Those guys have been grinding. Every year now, the starters are going fewer innings and bullpens are having to wear it. It’s nice to feel like I’ve done my part in that regard.

Morton has been a late-bloomer in a career that also includes stints with Pittsburgh and Houston. He has won at least 13 games in each of the last four full seasons (excluding the pandemic-shortened 2020 운동) and earned two All-Star Game appearances.

Since the beginning of the 2017 시즌, Morton is 60-23 와 함께 3.37 ERA — the fourth-most wins by a big league pitcher over that span. 전에 2017, he had never won more than 10 games in a season.

If the Braves earn another division title, they’re counting on Morton to be a big contributor. He has a 7-3 mark in 13 postseason appearances, including four wins in winner-take-all games — the most in major league history.

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