Charlie Morton is one of the game’s premier pitchers. He finished third in Cy Young voting last season 16-6 with a 3.05 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, and 240 SOs in 194.2 innings.
Those numbers have been consistent over the past two seasons. The production was enough to put him in the mix with Gerrit Cole and Justin Verlander in the Cy Young voting.
As we stand now, Charlie Morton is one of the best pitchers in the game. He warranted to the largest contract ever given to a free agent pitcher in Tampa Bay history.
What made this deal so perfect that the Rays struck? He had elite productions that the front office believed in and his price was significantly lower than the other top pitchers in the game.
2020 Highest Pitcher AAVs
Gerrit Cole: $36 million
Stephen Strasburg: $35 million
Zack Greinke $34.1
Justin Verlander: $33 million
David Price $31 million
Clayton Kershaw: $31 million
Max Scherzer: $30 million
*Numbers supplied by Spotrac
Not only is Charlie Morton conspicuously absent from this list, but he is also nowhere near it. In fact, you have to add his two years together to match the seventh highest-paid pitcher in 2020.
The top seven highest-paid pitchers in the MLB are making an average of $32.87 million per year. Charlie Morton is earning 45.6% of that number. For $15 million dollars we are getting $32 million’s worth in production. That’s the Ray’s way.
The Rays waited patiently for this deal and now that we know there is room in the budget for another deal like this, where can they find it?
There is a player on the trade market right now that fits the profile. You will find him in the next slide.