Will Charlie Morton Retire or Return for the Atlanta Braves in 2024?

The Atlanta Braves may consider picking up Morton's $20 million club option in 2024. However, Charlie may have cryptically provided hints that it's time to hang up the cleats.
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Atlanta Braves 39-year-old starting pitcher Charlie Morton began his career with the franchise and will most likely end it here. Morton will turn 40 on November 12 and the next chapter of his life has been on his mind. Here's why the Braves need Charlie Morton in 2024 but he may not reciprocate.

Why The Braves Need Charlie Morton in 2024

Charlie Morton currently has the 22nd-best ERA among qualified starters at 3.66. Uncle Charlie is tied for sixth in the MLB in wins with 14. He is tied with Blake Snell for third in the league with a 0.78 HR/9. Morton has struck out 10.09 batters per nine innings.

This season, the Braves starting rotation has been held together by three guys and Morton is one of them. Bryce Elder, Spencer Strider, and Charlie Morton have been stabilizing forces in a season that saw the Braves start 16 different pitchers.

Charlie Morton gives the Braves an ace-like starter to fill the third spot in the rotation during the postseason. That sort of depth at the top is priceless. Morton rounds out the most formidable 1-2-3 the postseason will see.