Braves boost rotation, sign Morton for a year at $15 million
By admin - 2018-04-09 12:10:43

For the Atlanta Braves, it’s much more than finding someone with experience and depth. When they signed two-time All-Star Charlie Morton to a 15 million, one-year deal, they saw much more. Here are the highlights:

  • Just like when they saw Drew Smyly, they want that power player to help push them to the World Series.
  • General manager Anthopoulos says, “There’s a theme there with both Charlie and with Drew. Power swing-and-miss stuff, in the postseason it certainly plays.”
  • Additionally, Morton, a 37-year-old right-hander, is returning to the Braves after helping Tampa Bay reach the World Series this season.
  • The Braves gave him the $15 million deal he wanted.
  • The Braves started to depend on their young starting pitchers to step up but they fell short to the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 7 of the NL Championship Series.
  • While they had a couple of newbies do well, the Braves lost their ace-in-the-hole, Mike Soroka due to a torn Achilles tendon. He’s expected to be back to action in 2021.
  • However, he’s thinking about the longer season that’ll happen probably after this year. He wants to have six solid players to start that can withstand intense training.
  • Smyly certainly has a earned a place on the squad and had an impressive showing with  31 strikeouts in 18 innings in his four September starts.  allowing 13 hits and seven earned runs