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Atlanta Braves sign Charlie Morton to two-year, $40 million extension

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Sep 5, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Charlie Morton (50) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The Atlanta Braves are signing starting pitcher Charlie Morton to a contract extension, a deal that could be worth up to $40 million over the next two years.

Morton joined the Braves this offseason on a one-year, $15 million contract. It marked a return to where his career began after Atlanta drafted him with the 95th pick in the 2002 MLB Draft.

On Monday, the Braves announced they agreed to an extension with the 37-year-old hurler. He’ll receive $20 million in 2022 and the club holds a $20 million option for the 2023 season.

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Morton has been outstanding in the Braves’ rotation this year. Across 158 innings, he holds a 3.47 ERA with a 185/51 K/BB ratio and is holding opponents to a .201 batting average.

The veteran considered retirement before each of the past two seasons, but ultimately decided to keep pitching. He’s scheduled to make his next start on Saturday against the Miami Marlins.