When the Rays signed Charlie Morton last offseason, the motive was clear: Bring in a consistent veteran starter to boost and solidify the rotation and lead the charge to October. Charlie Morton did just that in 2019, finishing as the ace of the staff and starting the Wild Card game in Oakland. He was the only starting pitcher to stay healthy all season long as the Rays dealt with injuries to Blake Snell, Tyler Glasnow, and Yonny Chirinos.
The plan for Charlie Morton in 2020 is going to be more of the same. To lead a young team and a young rotation back to October for the second time in as many years… regardless of where Gerrit Cole signs.