The Phillies’ winter of stockpiling pitching depth continued today with the acquisition of starting pitcher Charlie Morton from the Pittsburgh Pirates. Morton is a 32-year-old veteran back-of-the-rotation starter most famous in Philadelphia for his dead-on Roy Halladay impression.
Results wise, however, Morton will never be mistaken for Halladay. He’s a sinker-baller who is at his best when he induces ground balls. Since revamping his delivery a la Halladay after the 2010 season, his numbers are relatively pedestrian: 624.1 IP, 3.96 ERA, 3.85 FIP, 93 ERA+, 16.3 K%, 8.2 BB%, 58.2 GB%. The reliance on ground ball contact could potentially create problems with a Phillies infield defense that still remains questionable. He is only under contract for one more season, though, and an established rotation arm like Morton is a natural fit for a young rotation in transition like the Phillies current mix.