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The Pittsburgh Pirates have locked up one of their rotation stalwarts for the foreseeable future, inking 30-year old right-hander Charlie Morton to a three-year extension worth a reported $21 million. The contract also contains a club option for 2017 worth $9.5 million. Morton was scheduled to be a free agent after the 2014 season, and was projected to make $3.9 million this season by MLBTR. This contract pays him $4 million in 2014, and $8 million each in 2015 and 2016. Morton had Tommy John surgery in May of 2012, and was out of action until this past June recovering from the surgery. But in 20 starts this year, he threw 116 innings, pitched to a career-best 3.26 ERA, posted a respectable 2.36 strikeout to walk rate, and shined with a 62.9% ground ball rate - the best in baseball for any starter that made at least ten starts. That ground ball rate, combined with an improved Pirates infield defense and an emphasis on shifting, transformed him into one of the National League&#...
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