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Braves sign Morton: $15M/1 Year

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Braves aren’t scared of “blocking” young pitchers. Hope Sox follow suit.

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He matches his declined option:

No sign of depressed prices.

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2 minutes ago, bmags said:

He matches his declined option:

No sign of depressed prices.

one year, 15 million for that type of playoff production is a very good deal for the Braves. 

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Braves are really bolstering that team. That's going to be a top 3-4 team without injuries. Offense is dang good, now Fried, Soroka, Anderson, Morton, Smyly .. not too shabby

 

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6 minutes ago, bmags said:

He matches his declined option:

No sign of depressed prices.

To be honest, that seems like an absolute steal for one year of Morton who is arguably the 2nd best starter on the market in terms of projected 2021 impact.

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7 minutes ago, fathom said:

Wonder if this takes them out of the Snell hunt

I'm guessing they are done. On paper, thats a powerhouse team.

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2 minutes ago, fathom said:

Wonder if this takes them out of the Snell hunt

No way they add another starter at this point.  Right now they are rocking Fried, Anderson, Soroka, Morton, & Smyly, with Wright, Touki, and others already behind them.

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13 minutes ago, BrianAnderson said:

Braves are really bolstering that team. That's going to be a top 3-4 team without injuries. Offense is dang good, now Fried, Soroka, Anderson, Morton, Smyly .. not too shabby

 

I imagine Soroka will miss next year because of the Achilles injury this season. 

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9 minutes ago, smellysox said:

I imagine Soroka will miss next year because of the Achilles injury this season. 

Supposed to be a 6 to 8 recovery time, which means he likely misses opening but should be ready sometime before the all-star break assuming no setbacks.

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Can someone more familiar with Fan Graphs explain why Morton wasn't listed as a Top 50 Free Agent, or have a projected contract value, despite the fact his projected 2021 Projected WAR is 12th among free agents?

https://www.fangraphs.com/roster-resource/free-agent-tracker

Wonder if they will update their tracker and add projections after non-tenders are announced, assuming players with significant WAR projections may be dropped this year in significant numbers for the first time.

Specific comment for this signing, it is $3.9M less than qualifying offers for Stroman (29) and Gausman (30), both with similar projected 2021 WAR. Assuming a somewhat reasonable market for Top 20 talent, it's a reasonable bargain for the Braves.

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