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Report: Pirates sign Charlie Morton to 3-year extension

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

Here's Charlie Morton, his head swaddled in a warm, soft towel. (USATSI)
Here's Charlie Morton, his head swaddled in a warm, soft towel. (USATSI)

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The Pirates have agreed to terms with right-hander Charlie Morton on a three-year contract extension, reports Yahoo!'s Jeff Passan. As Passan notes, the deal includes $21 million guaranteed and a $9.5-million team option for 2017.

The 30-year-old Morton, who last season worked his way back from June 2012 Tommy John surgery, had been arbitration-eligible and slated for free agency following next season. In 2013, he pitched to a 3.26 ERA (108 ERA+) and 2.36 K/BB ratio in 116 innings. For his career, he owns an ERA+ of 82 across parts of six seasons.

Right now, Morton figures to slot in the Pittsburgh rotation behind Francisco Liriano, Gerrit Cole and Wandy Rodriguez. If A.J. Burnett returns for one more season, then Morton would likely be the fifth man.

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