Astros sign Charlie Morton | MLB.com
HOUSTON -- The Astros added some depth and experience to their starting rotation mix on Wednesday by reaching a two-year deal with free-agent right-hander Charlie Morton, who was injured most of last season. The deal is worth $14 million for two years, a source told MLB.com, plus incentives that could pay Morton as much as $9.5 million for each of the two seasons ($19 million total) if he reaches 30 starts yearly. He made a career-high 29 starts in 2011 for the Pirates.
Astros sign free agent starter Charlie Morton - Houston Chronicle
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Charlie Morton pitched 17 1/3 innings last year before tearing his hamstring and being lost for the season. Before that, he had pitched eight seasons in the majors, seven with a Pirates team that has specialized in reviving pitching careers, and yet only once did he have an ERA above average while factoring for the league and ballparks. He turned 33 Saturday and has been injury prone throughout his career.
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