The Astros sign pitcher Charlie Morton to a two-year deal

Associated Press

Ken Rosenthal reports that the Houston Astros have signed righty Charlie Morton to a two-year, $14 million contract.

Morton’s 2016 was a near total loss as he threw just 17.1 innings with the Phillies before undergoing surgery for a severe hamstring strain. Morton has never started as many as 30 games in a season and has posted an ERA+ better-than-league-average just once in his career.

An interesting signing to be sure. The length of which suggests that the Astros see some promise in Morton that a lot of teams might not have. One that also underscores just how thin the market for starting pitching is this offseason.