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Braves rumors: Team signs former All-Star Charlie Morton

Oct 17, 2020; San Diego, California, USA; Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Charlie Morton (50) is relieved against the Houston Astros during the sixth inning in game seven of the 2020 ALCS at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

Braves rumors: The defending National League East champion Atlanta Braves are in need of some roster upgrades if they want to compete with the Los Angeles Dodgers for the title this coming season.

That includes looking for starting pitching and a bit more bullpen help. Atlanta has now made quick work in one category this winter. Scroll down for Braves-related rumors throughout the remainder of the offseason.

Braves rumors: Team signs former All-Star Charlie Morton

This is a pretty team-friendly deal for a Braves squad that recently signed fellow veteran starting pitcher Drew Smyly to a one-year, $11 million contract.

Morton, 37, posted a 2-2 record with a 4.74 ERA and 1.39 WHIP in nine starts for the Tampa Bay Rays during the truncated 2020 MLB season.

One year prior, the veteran righty pitched to a 3.05 ERA and 1.08 WHIP while winning 16 of 22 decisions for Tampa Bay. He also posted north of 200 strikeouts in each of the past two full seasons prior to 2020.

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Braves rumors: Impact of Charlie Morton signing

Braves rumors: Team signs All-Star Charlie Morton
Oct 23, 2020; Arlington, Texas, USA; Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Charlie Morton (50) reacts after throwing against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of game three of the 2020 World Series at Globe Life Field. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Braves ace Mike Soroka suffered a torn Achilles back in August. He was actually seen throwing on Monday, which is a great sign for the Cy Young candidate’s recovery. While the Braves have set no timetable for Soroka’s return, it’s said to be a 5-6 month recovery.

This makes the Morton signing that much more important. The team has now apparently filled out its five-man starting rotation, assuming Soroka will be ready for Opening Day.

  • Mike Soroka
  • Max Fried
  • Charlie Morton
  • Ian Anderson
  • Drew Smyly

That’s a pretty darn good starting rotation for a Braves team that hopes to compete for a World Series title after a brutal seven-game series loss to the above-mentioned Dodgers in the NLCS this past October.

Bookmark this page for more Braves rumors as the MLB hot stove season kicks off in a big way. We won’t disappoint.