After having already acquired free agent starting pitchers Doug Fister and Mike Minor this offseason, the Texas Rangers added to their rotation even further, trading for left-hander Matt Moore from the San Francisco Giants last Friday.
In return, the Giants received Minor League pitchers Israel Cruz and Sam Wolff, while the Rangers received $750,000 in international bonus pool money in addition to Moore.
Moore, 28, will make $9 million in 2018. He also has a club option of $10 million for 2019 which includes a $750,000 buyout.
A once promising prospect for the Tampa Bay Rays, Moore struggled mightily in 2017 for the Giants. In 32 games (31 starts), he was 6-15 with a 5.52 ERA and 1.53 WHIP. In addition, his 107 earned runs allowed were most in the National League, and third most in the majors (two pitchers were tied with 108).
Despite his year-long struggles, Rangers general manager Jon Daniels is optimistic Moore can turn his career around in Texas.
“He (Moore) is a young, 28-year-old left-hander,” said Daniels, per MLB.com. “Despite not having his best year last year, he is coming off pitching almost 400 innings the past two years. He’s got a four-pitch mix and has had some success in both leagues.”
Moore made his Major League debut in 2011, appearing in three games for the Rays. From 2012-13, he appeared and started in 58 games, posting a 28-15 record (17-4 in ’13) with a 3.57 ERA. Tommy John surgery limited him to just two appearances in 2014 and 12 in 2015, before splitting 2016 with the Rays and Giants, posting a 4.08 ERA in 33 games/starts.
“We feel like there are some reasons why we feel he (Moore) will bounce back,” added Daniels. “I talked to him tonight, he has a good mindset and is really driven to bounce back.”