Braves bolster rotation with signing of former pitcher Morton

Braves bolster rotation with signing of former pitcher Morton”

In addition to losing Soroka, the Braves demoted struggling right-hander Mike Foltynewicz. Morton signed a two-year, $30 million with Tampa Bay prior to the 2019 season, and the Braves deal will pay Morton the same money as the 2021 option would have. Smyly, 31, became the first of the 181 free agents to switch teams.

Aggressive Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos signed Morton eight days after signing free agent Drew Smyly to a one-year, $11 million deal.

A World Series victor with the Houston Astros in 2017, Morton tallied 42 strikeouts and an ERA of 4.74 in nine regular-season appearances in 2020. Not only did he win the World Series title with the team, but he also rose to the top class for pitchers since then. Despite his below-average regular year, Morton shone in the playoffs as the Rays made a run to the World Series, putting up a 3-1 record with a 2.70 ERA and 23 Ks in 20 innings.

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Morton posted a 4.74 ERA during the shortened 2020 season, but raised his game in the postseason.

The two-time All-Star won his lone World Series ring in 2017 with the Astros, with whom he went 29-10 with a 3.36 ERA in 55 starts over two seasons.

He is 93-89 with a 4.08 ERA in 13 seasons. The performance earned him a third-place finish in AL Cy Young voting.

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