The Braves and starting pitcher Charlie Morton have agreed to a one-year, $20 million extension that will keep the right-hander with the club through the 2022 season. There's also a $20 million club option for the 2023 season. The deal was announced by the Braves Monday afternoon.
Morton, 37, is 13-5 with a 3.47 ERA (126 ERA+) in 28 starts this season. Morton signed a one-year deal with the Braves in the offseason after spending 2019 and 2020 with the Rays.
Morton's arc shows a good story of perseverance. Through 2016, it was a career littered with major injuries and inconsistency. He was 46-71 with a 4.54 ERA and 1.44 WHIP. He was a pitch-to-contact guy with 6.3 K/9 in those years. In working with coaches from 2015-17 from the Phillies, Pirates and Astros, though, Morton transformed himself.