By: Caleb J. Duncan
The Rays have agreed to a 2-year contract worth $30 million for the former World Series winner.
Morton hit free agency after the 2018 season ended with the Houston Astros’ season-ending loss to the Boston Red Sox. Several teams were in contention to sign Morton, 35, including the Astros who also have former Cy Young winner Dallas Keuchel hitting free agency as well. It’s currently unknown if Keuchel will re-sign with the Astros. There was speculation that Morton may stay with the Astros as his family had settled there, but due to his resurgence with the Astros, many teams began offering deals the Astros may not have been able to contend with.
In Morton’s two-year tenure with the Astros, he went 29-10 with a 3.36 ERA, per Brian McTaggart. Morton was actually on the mound for the final out of the World Series win in 2017, having come on as a closing pitcher for the final game in Los Angeles.
In 2018, Morton had a 3.13 ERA and went 15-3 in what was easily the best season in his long professional career. Morton also received his first All-Star nod this year as well.
While Morton has proven to be a capable and dominant pitcher with the Astros his age has been a concern for some and previous injuries have kept him from signing a larger multi-year deal.
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