The Houston Astros have signed 33 year-old free agent right-handed pitcher, Charlie Morton to a 2yr/$14MM contract that includes up to $5MM worth of incentives. The long-time Pirate was shipped to Philadelphia for the 2016 season, but suffered a season-ending injury just four starts into the season.
How this affects Houston's RHP future outlook: Besides Dallas Keuchel, the Astros are loaded with right-handers in their rotation. Adding Morton to fill a spot in the back of the rotation just continues the Astros' right-handed ways. It's only a two-year deal, but Morton's signing will make the Astros more comfortable with trading their younger right-handers.
How this affects Houston's overall future outlook: The 33 year-old Morton is obviously more of a short-term bandaid than a long-term solution. His signing will allow GM Jeff Luhnow the ability to give his younger pitchers more time to develop while expanding the amount of time until Luhnow finds a more reliable solution.
Bottom Line: Instead of going for the home-run, GM Luhnow signs Morton in a low-risk/low-reward type of deal.