The Phillies added a veteran starter on Saturday morning by acquiring Charlie Morton from Pittsburgh in exchange for minor-league pitcher David Whitehead.
Morton, 32, had a 4.81 ERA last season in 23 starts. The righthander walked 41 batters and struck out 96 in 129 innings. He has pitched with Pittsburgh since 2009 and has a career 4.54 ERA.
He is slated to earn $8 million this season. Morton can become a free agent after the season, unless the team opts to pick up his $9.5 million option. Morton's short-term contract could give the Phillies flexibility to trade him at the deadline, much like they hoped to do last season when they signed Chad Billingsley and Aaron Harang.