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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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White Sox Acquire Ivan Nova

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The Chicago White Sox have acquired right handed starter Ivan Nova from the Pittsburgh Pirates, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal and Robert Murray.

According to Fancred’s Jon Heyman, the Pirates will receive a “young pitcher” and an unstated amount of international bonus pool availability in return for Nova.

Nova posted a 9-9 record with a 4.19 ERA last season for the Pirates.

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Yankees “Open To Moving” Miguel Andujar

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The New York Yankees have a future superstar in Miguel Andujar, a fan favorite, yet they have been constantly linked to rumors of being open to dealing him, despite his huge rookie season.

This one, just doesn’t make much sense if the plan is to move Andujar to make room for the likes of Manny Machado.

According to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal and Robert Murray, the Yankees are “open to moving” Andjuar via trade, but there is no clear trade path to reference at this time.

This development clearly shows the Yankees desire to sign Machado to a free agent deal.

The Yankees and Mets have also been linked in a potential deal that could see Noah Syndergaard end up in New York, with Andujar on his way out.

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Rangers Sign Rafael Montero

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The Texas Rangers have agreed to terms on a minor-league deal with right handed pitcher Rafael Montero, according to the Dallas Morning News’ Evan Grant.

Montero is still working back from Tommy John surgery, and was once a top prospect in the New York Mets organization , but struggled transitioning to the major league level, putting together a woeful 5.38 ERA over 192 1/3 innings pitched.

 

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