The Atlanta Braves on Monday announced they have signed starting pitcher Charlie Morton to a one-year extension worth $20 million.
The Braves also have a club option for 2023, also worth $20 million.
The two-time All-Star is 13-5 with a 3.47 ERA in 28 starts this season, his second stint with the Braves after starting his career in Atlanta in 2008. He has 185 strikeouts, tied for fifth in the National League. He is on pace to become the second Braves pitcher in the last 12 years to reach 200 strikeouts (Mike Foltynewicz had 202 in 2018).
Morton, 37, is coming off a win Sunday. He gave up two runs on just two hits in seven innings against Colorado.
Morton is 106-94 lifetime with a 4.02 ERA in his 14th season in the league. He has flourished since leaving Pittsburgh after 2015, going 61-24 with the Philadelphia Phillies, Houston Astros, Tampa Bay Rays and Braves since.
Braves sign 3B Maikel Franco
The Atlanta Braves have signed third baseman Maikel Franco to a minor league deal.
Franco, 29, was released by the Baltimore Orioles last month after batting .210 with 11 homers and 47 RBIs in 104 games.
He is a career .246/.297/.423 hitter with 121 home runs and 428 RBIs in 820 games with the Philadelphia Phillies (2014-19), Kansas City Royals (2020) and Orioles.