Report: Charlie Morton signs two-year deal with Rays
The Tampa Bay Rays are serious about making moves in free agency, and they have landed a solid prize on the market.
According to numerous reports, the Rays are have agreed to a two-year deal with starting pitcher Charlie Morton.
Free agent starter Charlie Morton and the Tampa Bay Rays have agreed to a two-year, $30 million deal, sources told Yahoo Sports.
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The Rays typically don’t make significant moves in free agency, but this definitely counts as one. Morton is coming off an All-Star season with the Houston Astros, where he put up a 3.13 ERA in 30 starts.
The Rays had been linked to Morton already, but so had other teams, and they weren’t regarded as a favorite in part due to their traditionally thrifty history. The Rays were a 90-win team last season and look like they want to try to make that happen again this season, even in a crowded AL East.