Pirates Extend Morton’s Contract, Sign Volquez, Choose Three In “AAA” Phase Of Rule 5 Draft

December 12, 2013
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The Pittsburgh Pirates made moves to stabilize their pitching staff on Wednesday, extending the contract of starting right-hander Charlie Morton and signing free agent pitcher Edinson Volquez to a one-year contract.

Morton now has a reported three year, $21 million deal that extends through 2016 with an option for 2017 reported to be worth 9.5 million.  His record in 20 starts in 2013 was 7-4 with a 3.26 ERA.

Volquez posted a 17-6 record with the Cincinnati Reds in 2008, but has been hounded by several injuries ever since then.  Playing for the Padres and the Dodgers in 2013, he led the National League in most earned runs allowed, and finished with a 5.71 ERA.

Also on Wednesday, the Pirates’ organization lost three players through the Rule 5 Draft, but chose three right-handed pitchers in the draft’s “AAA” Phase.  The Bucs selected Tyler Sample from the Kansas City organization, A.J. Morris from the Chicago Cubs and Felipe Gonzalez from the New York Yankees.

Lost in the Major League phase of the Rule 5 draft was left-handed pitcher Wei-Chung Wang, who played for “AAA” Indianapolis, who was drafted by Milwaukee.  Selected from the Pirates’ ranks in the “AAA” phase were two players from the “AA” Altoona Curve — right-handed pitcher Roberto Espinosa, who went to Toronto and catcher Charles Cutler, selected by the Cubs.

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