Phillies Add Rotation Depth, Acquire Morton From Pirates

By: Mike Lanzalotti

Peter Diana/Post-Gazette
Peter Diana/Post-Gazette

The Phillies continued to revamp their pitching rotation today acquiring veteran RHP Charlie Morton from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for minor league pitcher David Whitehead.

Morton, 32, went 9-9 with a 4.81 ERA in 2015 for the Pirates while pitching to a 57.3 ground ball rate.  That’s an important stat when pitching in hitter friendly Citizens Bank Park.  The acquisition of Morton, along with Jeremy Hellickson, will allow the Phillies to take some of the pressure off of their younger starters.

Morton is slated to earn 8 million in 2016, with a 9 million option for next season.  If he pitches well, both he and Hellickson could end up being valuable trade deadline pieces for Philadelphia.

Whitehead, 23, was the Phillies 34th round pick in 2013. He went 9-11 with a 4.44 ERA in 25 starts for class A Clearwater last season.

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