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CHARLIE MORTON RUMORS

Allow Me to Sell You on Charlie Morton

Times are desperate, man. You know what kind of shape the free-agent market for starting pitchers is in. I hope you like Edinson Volquez, because you can’t even get a Jeremy Hellickson, and there’s only one Rich Hill to go around. Everyone knows the market is bad. Even the pitchers who make up the market know the market is bad. Out of this bad market, the Astros have plucked...
Via Fangraphs
November 16, 2016  |  Discuss

Astros Sign Charlie Morton; AL West Lefties Rejoice

This morning, the Astros announced that they have signed Charlie Morton to a two year, $14 million contract, bringing the right-hander to Houston to bolster their pitching depth. And as Mike Petriello notes, there’s some obvious synergy here. Charlie Morton was top 5 (min. 50 thrown) in curve spin last year (2990 RPM). The Astros threw more curves as last year went on. Easy fit...
Via Fangraphs
November 16, 2016  |  Discuss

Phillies acquire veteran SP Morton in trade with Pirates

PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Phillies added depth to their starting rotation on Saturday, acquiring right-hander Charlie Morton from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for minor-league pitcher David Whitehead.The 32-year-old Morton has a record of 45-70 with a 4.54 ERA. He went 9-9 with a 4.81 ERA in 23 starts for the Pirates in 2015, missing the first two months while recovering...
Via Associated Press
December 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Pirates trade Charlie Morton to the Phillies

In a little bit of a surprising move, the Pirates traded Charlie Morton to the Phillies this morning for minor league pitcher David Whitehead. On some fronts, this move reminds me a bit of the Travis Snider trade in that Morton is clearly a player with some utility to the Pirates in 2016 and Whitehead is a minor leaguer that’s a long ways away from the big leagues, so it’s hard...
Via WHYGAVS?
December 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Why Does Charlie Morton Get So Much Love?

The Pirates parted ways with Vance Worley this week after he was outrighted off the 40 man roster and claimed by the Orioles. That closes the book on the Vanimal’s two years stint with the Bucs. During that time Worley posted a 12-10 record with a 3.31 ERA and a 3.59 FIP. The way the Pirates handled Worley this past season still perplexes me. His production was never valued by...
Via Hidden Vigorish
October 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Game 119: Pirates 4 Brewers 0

Charlie Morton’s sinker gets most of the press, and because of that it’s easy to forget that his curveball was once supposed to be his out pitch. Against the strongest lineup in the National League last night (at least statistcally speaking) it was the curveball that was generating a ton of whiffs for Morton, though, enabling him to put together one of the most impressive recent...
Via WHYGAVS?
August 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Ground balls galore for Charlie Morton

Travis Sawchik, an MLB reporter for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, just recently published a book about titled Big Data Baseball. It deals with how the Pittsburgh Pirates reinvented themselves in 2013 by using sabermetrics and unconventional ways — like discovering hidden talent — in order to find a way to end their winning drought. One of the ways the Pirates got into the...
Via The Outside Corner
June 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Charlie Morton < 500

I have probably written more words about Charlie Morton than any other Pirate pitcher of the last five years, and so I’m a little embarrassed to say that it’s probably easy enough to preview Morton’s 2015 season thusly: if he’s healthy, he’ll be fine, but it’s always hard to say if Charlie Morton will be healthy. This year Morton is dealing with recovery from hip labrum...
Via WHYGAVS?
January 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Charlie Morton and the rotation

I have to admit, I was a little surprised over the weekend when the Pirates announced Charlie Morton would be making a start against the Boston Red Sox tonight. Morton’s whole season has been up-and-down as he’s dealt with his sports hernia, but he was in the midst of a really bad stretch before said hernia landed him on the disabled list. In 39 innings over his last seven starts...
Via WHYGAVS?
September 16, 2014  |  Discuss

The End of Charlie Morton’s Run at History

As of this writing, the Pittsburgh Pirates have a better than one-in-four chance of making the postseason. One of their pitchers, Charlie Morton, was recently placed on the disabled list with hip discomfort. Morton’s value is not necessarily reflected in his win/loss record, but he’s been an extremely serviceable pitcher this year, worth over a […]
Via Fangraphs
August 22, 2014  |  Discuss
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