By: Chris Gates

PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) — The Pittsburgh Pirates avoided arbitration with two key cogs in the pitching staff Monday, signing both starter Charlie Morton and closer Joel Hanrahan to one-year deals.

Hanrahan’s contract is reportedly worth $4.1 million, which is up substantially from the $1.4 million he made in 2011. He registered 40 saves and was named to the National League All-Star team last season.

Morton’s deal is reportedly worth approximately $2.445 million, which is also up substantially from 2011 — Morton made $441,000 in 2011. He went 10-10 with a 3.83 ERA last season.

Evan Meek, Jeff Karstens, Garrett Jones and Casey McGehee are all still arbitration eligible and have yet to sign new deals.

Chris Gates | Bucs Blog

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