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Giants Trade Left-Hander Matt Moore To Rangers

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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.”

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Yankees Activating Aaron Judge Friday

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The New York Yankees are activating slugger Aaron Judge from the injured list on Friday, according to MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch.

Judge is coming off a rehab stint in Triple A, where he played all week as he prepare for his official return to the Yankees following a left oblique strain that has kept him out of action since April 21st.

With Judge returning, the Yankees have some tough decisions to make, as it hangs a cloud of uncertainty over the status of outfielder Cameron Maybin.

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Rays Place Yandy Diaz On 10-Day IL

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The Tampa Bay Rays have placed third baseman Yandy Diaz on the 10-day injured list, according to MLB.com’s Juan Toribio.

In a corresponding move, the Rays called up infielder Daniel Robertson to take Diaz’s spot on the roster.

Diaz has been dealing with hamstring tightness lately and will now hope to rehab for a quick return to the active roster.

Diaz has posted a slash line of .286/.363/.502 hitting and 11 home runs thus far this season.

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Astros Activate Jose Altuve

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The Houston Astros have activated second baseman Jose Altuve from the injured list and he is now active on the roster.

In a corresponding move, the Astros optioned lefty Cionel Perez to create the roster spot needed for the addition of Altuve.

Altuve, who last played back on May 10th, hit the injured list with a left hamstring strain.

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