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 giv...

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