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Outside The Confines: Let the free agent movement begin!

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Charlie Morton has now gone full circle in his career, heading back to Atlanta 12 years later

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In what has felt like a very slow-moving offseason as far as the free agent market, a big pitcher has just signed a deal with a contention team, and perhaps this signals a start of some more exciting things to come.

The Atlanta Braves have signed a one-year, $15 million deal with 37-year-old pitcher Charlie Morton who most recently pitched his way to the World Series with the Tampa Bay Rays. Interestingly, the Rays had an option for Morton that was worth — wait for it — one year, $15 million.

Of course it should surprise no one that the Rays have taken a budget-conscious approach, but it is still something of a blow to the fanbase, who quickly became attached to Morton and his positive clubhouse presence during his two years with the team.

We look forward to seeing if this begins some enthusiastic offseason signings over the rest of the week.

And tomorrow will be a better day than today, Buster. Make it so.