The Pirates have extended Charlie Morton for three years. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates have given Charlie Morton a three year extension that is worth $21 M. The deal could be worth up to $30 M, as Morton has an option for a fourth season. The contract breaks down as follows:
2014: $4 M
2015: $8 M
2016: $8 M
2017: $9.5 M + $500,000 in potential incentives ($1 M buyout)
If Morton is traded, the club option turns into a mutual option, although Morton would forfeit the buyout if he declined that option.
Earlier in the off-season I wrote about how Morton is an under-rated pitcher who compares to Brandon Webb and Derek Lowe due to his extreme ground ball ratios. I suggested in that article that they give him a three year extension, although my estimates on the cost were a little high, coming right after Tim Lincecum's deal inflated expectations for the market.
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