Astros sign Morton to a 2-year contract

The Houston Astros added to their rotation depth on Wednesday by signing veteran starting pitcher Charlie Morton to a 2-year/$14 million contract. Morton won’t wow anybody especially with the poor 4.54 career ERA that he has. However, the one thing that he can provide is some rotational depth for the Astros as a 5th starter. Dallas Keuchel Collin McHugh, and Mike Fiers all will be in the Astros starting rotation next year. However, Lance McCullers has been battling arm injuries recently and he’s not a guarantee to be healthy. Also, Doug Fister looks to be departing via free agency, so Morton will help fill that spot. Morton is 33 years old and he’s not a great rotation option, but in a weak starting pitcher market then this deal somewhat makes sense as a temporary solution. Morton is a pitcher that relies on his command rather than a hard-throwing arm to strike out batters, but the key for him will be locating his pitches well to be successful. Morton has been basically the same pitcher throughout his career and I don’t expect that to change with the Astros. He will likely be a 5th starter in Houston’s rotation and if that fails then I think he could be a good long-reliever in the bullpen. Morton provides solid depth for Houston, but this is just an average signing at best.

Grade: C

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