Charlie Morton's 2021 fantasy baseball value as a member of the Atlanta Braves' rotation

Charlie Morton will pitch for the Atlanta Braves in 2021. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

Coming off a 2020 season in which rookies made 22 of the team's 60 regular-season and seven of its 12 postseason starts, the Atlanta Braves moved quickly to add some experience their starting rotation, including on Tuesday signing 37-year-old Charlie Morton to a one-year, $15 million contract. Previously, the team signed 31-year-old Drew Smyly to a one-year, $11 million contract on Nov. 16.

Morton is the more significant addition for fantasy baseball purposes, after the right-hander enjoyed SP27 (2017), SP19 (2018) and SP8 (2019) finishes on the ESPN Player Rater in his first three seasons in the American League. A shoulder injury that cost him a 21-day stay on the injured list, a limited workload averaging 73.3 pitches per start and a bloated .355 BABIP caused him to slide to SP119 last season.