The Pittsburgh Pirates are betting on Charlie Morton to continue a successful return from Tommy John Surgery. The Pirates and Charlie Morton have agreed to a three year, $21 million contract extension, making it the largest contract for a pitcher in Pirates franchise history.
Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports first reported the deal. Passan reports Morton will make $4 million in 2014, $8 million in 2015 and $8 million in 2016. The contract includes a club option for the 2017 season worth $9.5 million with a $1 million buyout, making the contract worth around $30 million if the Pirates pick up the club option.
In 116 innings pitched, Morton posted a 3.26 ERA in 2013 with a 6.6 K/9, 2.8 BB/9 and 62.9 percent ground-ball rate that led all Major League pitchers that threw at least 100 innings.