By Jason Shetler
According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Pirates have traded Charlie Morton to the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for pitcher David Whitehead.
Morton was brought over to the Pirates from the Atlanta Braves back in 2009 as part of the Nate McLouth deal. The 32-year-old righty had a very forgettable 2010 campaign, which saw post an ERA of 7.57. Morton is known best for being the first reclamation project under the Ray Searage/Jim Benedict tandem. Although Morton was establishing himself as a very good sinkerball pitcher, there have been inconsistencies along the way. The injury bug bit him pretty hard as well, as he underwent two hip surgeries and a Tommy John procedure within a four year span. During his seven seasons with the Pirates, Morton posted a 4.39 ERA with a 4.03 Fielding Independent Pitching.
Whitehead was a 34th round selection of the Phillies in the 2013 MLB Draft. The 23-year-old right-hander put up a 3.65 ERA along with a 1.34 WHIP during his two seasons in their system. Whitehead sits in the low-90’s with his fastball, and tops out at 93 mph. He could begin 2016 pitching for AA Altoona.