2019 Tampa Bay Rays MVP: Charlie Morton
The 30 million dollar man proved to be worth every penny in 2019 as he took the reins of a starting rotation plagued by injuries.
At 35 years of age, Charlie Morton had the best season of his career. He set career highs in games started, innings pitched, wins, and strikeouts. His 3.05 ERA was also a career best. Morton, who related as an all-star in 2019, led the Rays pitching staff in games started, innings pitched, strikeouts, and wins. He faced 790 batters, which is 227 more than the next closest pitcher on the staff, Ryan Yarbrough.
33 GS // 16-6 // 194.2 IP // 240 K // 3.05 ERA // 2.81 FIP // 146 ERA+
Morton’s value isn’t solely in the numbers, which should land him a 3rd place finish in this year’s Cy Young voting. With injuries to Blake Snell, Tyler Glasnow and Yonny Chirinos, Charlie Morton finished the season as the ace of the staff providing Kevin Cash with a reliable start every fifth day.
When it mattered most, Morton stepped up, pitching and winning a pair of elimination games this postseason. Between the Wildcard game in Oakland and Game 3 of the ALDS at the Trop, Morton struck out 13 over 10 innings of work while only surrendering a pair runs (1 earned).
In terms of value, Charlie Morton was worth 6.1 fWAR which is the equivalent of 48.6 million dollars. With that in mind, Morton was truly a bargain for the Rays this season, making only 15 million.
2019 MVP Honorable Mentions:
- Austin Meadows
- Tommy Pham