Rangers to acquire Matt Moore from San Francisco

Rangers to acquire Matt Moore from San Francisco

Javier Howell
December 16, 2017

Anyhoooo.the Giants have reportedly made a deal to send Matt Moore to the Rangers for prospects, pending a physical, according to the San Francisco Chronicle's John Shea.

Since being acquired by the Giants in July 2016, Moore has posted a 5.12 ERA with 217 strikeouts in 242.2 innings over 44 appearances. In his first full season after the surgery, he was 13-12 with a 4.08 ERA in 2016. Perhaps a return to the American League will turn Moore's luck around as his trade helps the Giants refuel their depleted farm system, and opens up a portion of their payroll.

It's unclear who would take Moore's spot in the rotation.

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Shea also dangled the possibility that Hunter Pence could be traded for similar reasons.

Rumours had been swirling this offseason regarding Texas' interest in starting pitching. Moore was due to make $9 million in 2018, so this clears a significant amount of money off San Francisco's books for them to bring someone else on board (like Jay Bruce?) for next year. General manager Jon Daniels has spoken all off-season about the budget constraints the Rangers are facing this off-season. He's due $9 million in 2018 before likely hiting free agency (there's a $10 million club option for 2019 with a $750,000 buyout). He's signed Doug Fister and Mike Minor to contracts so far, both players looking to bounce back to form. They could also have Minor stay in the bullpen, alleviating one of the lefties in the rotation. On the contrary, the Rangers are not in a position to say "no" to pitching right now.