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Tampa Bay Rays news and links: Charlie Morton contract details emerge

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and finally more goings on at these sleepy Winter Meetings.

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Yesterday the damn finally broke on Winter Meetings news, and it was the Rays who came out on top, having secured the services of “World Series hero” Charlie Morton to be the new veteran presence in the Rays rotation.

Initially announced as a two-year, $30 million deal, details have emerged that the Rays were able to add a third-year option on the contract.

You might remember this as the “Lackey option” which was included on his final professional contract.

Charlie Morton Links

  • Jeff Passan broke the signing yesterday, and you can read his report here.
  • Marc Topkin interviewed Morton’s former teammate (and Tampa native) Lance McCullers:
  • Neil Solondz says this signing ticks a lot of necessary boxes for the Rays:
  • ESPN offered an in depth profile on Morton in October 2018, highlighting the length of his career and the challenges faced.
  • Matt Snyder penned a profile coinciding with Morton’s first All-Star Game appearance this season, as shared by R.J. below:
  • Jeff Sullivan sees a lot of injury risk in the Rays signing, but also sees the contract as “normal”

Signing Charlie Morton is the act of a normal baseball team. It certainly worked out for the last team that did this.

More Rays News

  • Charlie Frago at the Tampa Bay Times is reporting the stadium deal died in November of this year after key business leader Ron Christaldi attempted to broker a deal to finance the stadium with little transparency
  • Marc Topkin says the Rays are still in on star catcher J.T. Realmuto:
  • Martin Fennelly. Wrote fragmented sentences. About what life would be like. Without the Rays in Tampa Bay.

Around the League

  • Brian Cashman says the Yanknees are “fully operational Death Star” which is not something you say if you know what happens to the Death Star... right? (fun comment though)