FILE - In this Sept. 23, 2015, file photo, Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Charlie Morton throws against the Colorado Rockies during the first inning of a baseball game in Denver. The Philadelphia Phillies added depth to their starting rotation on Sat
Jack Dempsey, File
December 12, 2015

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia Phillies added depth to their starting rotation on Saturday, acquiring right-hander Charlie Morton from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for minor league pitcher David Whitehead.

The 32-year-old Morton has a record of 45-70 with a 3.91 ERA. He went 9-9 with a 4.81 ERA in 23 starts for the Pirates in 2015, missing the first two months while recovering from a procedure on his hip. Morton won six of his first seven starts in 2015, but struggled after the All-Star break, going 3-7 with a 5.81 ERA in the second half.

Morton is scheduled to make $8 million in 2016, with a team option of $9.5 million in 2017. Morton is the second longtime member of the Pirates to leave in a week. Pittsburgh traded second baseman Neil Walker to the New York Mets in exchange for Jon Niese on Wednesday.

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