Right-hander Charlie Morton agreed to a three-year, $21 million contract extension that includes a team option for 2017, the Pittsburgh Pirates announced Wednedsay. Morton, who was to be eligible for free agency after the 2014 season, will make $4 million in 2014, $8 million in 2015 and 2016, and $9.5 million or a $1 million buyout for 2017, according to a Yahoo! Sports report. Since Morton was acquired from the Atlanta Braves in 2009, elbow and shoulder injuries have limited him to 338 innings in three seasons. But the 30-year-old pitcher returned in June to post a 7-4 record with a 3.26 ERA in 116 innings spanning 20 starts this past season.
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