Pirates, Morton avoid arbitration
Charlie Morton
Charlie Morton

Posted Jan 16, 2012

The Pittsburgh Pirates agreed to terms with pitcher Charlie Morton on a one-year contract, thus avoiding arbitration.

Morton made a career-high 29 starts for Pittsburgh in 2011, going 10-10 after posting a 2-12 mark a year earlier with the Pirates. The right-hander's earned run average dipped from 7.57 in 2010 to 3.83 this past season.

For his career, Morton has compiled a 21-39 record with a 5.11 ERA in 79 starts and one relief appearance for Atlanta and Pittsburgh.

Morton had offseason surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left hip.

Morton, who came the the Pirates along with Jeff Locke and Gorkys Hernandez from the Atlanta Braves in a trade for Nate McLouth in 2009, made $441,000 in 2011.

Evan Meek, Jeff Karstens, Garrett Jones and Casey McGehee are eligible for arbitration and remain unsigned at this time.

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