MORTON IS FROM THE “HORSE” PITCHERS OF THE BRAVOS
Morton leads the team in wins and has provided veteran leadership in a rotation that includes Max Fried and a pair of 23-year-olds, Ian Anderson and Huascar Ynoa.
The deal comes two and a half weeks after the Braves hit a similar low-risk move with the catcher Travis d’Arnaud.
THE PITCHER ARRIVED IN 2021 TO BRAVOS FROM TAMPA BAY
The Braves signed Morton to a one-year, $ 15 million deal in free agency after he helped the Tampa Bay Rays reach the 2020 World Series. It marked a return to the franchise where he began his career in 2008.
Morton has been a great addition to the Braves, especially after former ace Mike Soroka tore his Achilles tendon a second time and was ruled for the season.
WILL GIVE DEPTH TO THE BRAVES PITCHING CORPS
With Soroka’s future uncertain, Morton provides additional depth for 2022. The right-hander has lasted at least six innings in 17 of his 28 starts, and has failed to go at least five innings just three times.
Morton scored his 13th win Sunday for the Braves, throwing a two-hitter over seven innings in a 9-2 win at Colorado.
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