Pirates Extend Charlie Morton, Sign Edinson Volquez

Pirates NewsEarlier today Pittsburgh Pirates reached an agreement with right-hander Charlie Morton on a three-year contract extension worth $21 million that could reach $30 million in total value according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports.

Now the news that the team has  agreed to terms with right-hander Edinson Volquez on a one-year  worth $5 million.

Morton would have been eligible for free agency following the 2014 season. He is coming off a strong 2012 in which he pitched to a 3.26 ERA and  recorded in astounding 62.9 percent ground-ball rate.

Morton, 30, is 30-49 with a 4.70 ERA in parts of six seasons with the Pirates and Atlanta Braves.

Padres rumorsVolquez was released by the Padres after pitching to a 6.01 ERA over 142 1/3 innings of work last season.

Volquez will join Francisco LirianoGerrit ColeWandy Rodriguez and Morton in the Pirates’ rotation. Volquez will look to return to form for the Pirates this spring.