Charlie Morton isn't going anywhere anytime soon. The Atlanta Braves have awarded the hard-throwing veteran with a new one-year deal, per Robert Murray of Fansided:
Charlie Morton has signed a one-year, $20 million contract extension with the Atlanta Braves that includes a $20 million club option for 2023.
— Robert Murray (@ByRobertMurray) September 6, 2021
Morton has been extremely solid for the first-place Braves, posting a 13-5 record and 3.47 ERA in a team-high 28 starts. In the process, the right-hander has also struck out 185 batters in 158 innings of work. Morton almost always pitches deep into ballgames, serving as one of Brian Snitker's most reliable arms.
Despite turning 38-years-old in the coming months, his fastball is as electric as ever. The heater is averaging 95.5 mph, showing that Morton clearly has a lot left in the tank for the Braves. To put it into perspective, his fastball averaged 96.1 in 2018.
As Murray noted, Atlanta has a $20 million club option for Morton in 2023 if he continues to impress next season. At this point, it does seem like an educated guess that he will finish out his career with the Braves. He also serves as a great mentor to the young arms on this roster like Ian Anderson, Max Fried, and Huascar Ynoa.
Charlie Morton was set to become a free agent in the offseason before receiving this new deal. Well deserved for the workhorse of Atlanta's rotation and hopefully, he can help the Braves make a deep run in October.