Charlie Morton reportedly drawing interest from multiple teams
Charlie Morton is coming off one of his best statistical seasons as an MLB pitcher, and the right-hander appears to be getting closer to finding a new home for 2019.
Mark Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times has been reporting that the Rays have interest in Morton and have continued to have discussions with him.
Also hearing #Rays remain engaged in talks with free-agent RHP Charlie Morton, or as one person said "continue to have dialogue"
— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) December 11, 2018
However, the Texas Rangers may have emerged as the favorite to sign Morton. On Wednesday, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported that the Rangers have “strong interest” in Morton. Since he is 35 and had shoulder issues down the stretch last year, teams would probably prefer to sign Morton to a one-year deal. However, Wilson notes that the interest from multiple teams could result in him getting two or three years.
Morton posted a 15-3 record with a career-best 3.13 ERA in 30 starts last season. He was placed on the disabled list in late August with shoulder fatigue, but he returned before the end of the season and made one start in the playoffs. He could wind up being a value signing.