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Matt Moore | Starting Pitcher | #45

Team: Texas Rangers
Age / DOB:  (28) / 6/18/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 210
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: None
Drafted: 2007 / Rd. 8 (0) / TB
Contract: view contract details

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Rangers acquired LHP Matt Moore and international signing bonus pool money from the Giants for minor league RHPs Sam Wolff and Israel Cruz.
The Giants wanted to unload Moore's $9 million 2018 salary to free up "resources to address our position player needs" according to general manager Bobby Evans. Moore was an elite prospect before flourishing in his first four major league seasons. His performance tailed off badly over the last three years and he can be viewed as a reclamation project for the Rangers. He went 6-15 with a 5.52 ERA in 174 1/3 innings for the Giants in 2017. Dec 15 - 9:59 PM

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John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports there is a deal in place to trade LHP Matt Moore to the Rangers for prospects.

The trade is subject to the players involved passing their physicals. No word yet on which prospects would be going to the Giants. Moore will make $9 million this coming season, with the Rangers holding a $10 million team option for 2019 ($750K buyout). Moore went 6-15 with a 5.52 ERA with the Giants in 2017.
Dec 15 - 7:28 PM

John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle hears the Giants are on the verge of trading LHP Matt Moore and/or Hunter Pence to free up payroll space.

He reports the deal is done pending a physical but there is no word on where they would be going nor what the Giants would get in return. Moore will make $9 million in 2018 and Pence is slated to draw $18.5 million in the coming season. Both players underperformed in 2017, so the club may not get much talent back in a trade with their main goal being a salary purge. The inference here is the Giants could be marshaling their resources to make a run for one of the top remaining free agents, possibly J.D. Martinez, Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas or Yu Darvish.
Dec 15 - 7:20 PM

Giants exercised their $9 million club option on LHP Matt Moore for 2018.

Giants general manager Bobby Evans said back in September that the club was already planning to pick up the option, but it's now official. Moore fell apart with a 5.52 ERA in 174 1/3 innings this past season, but the Giants are willing to take their chances on a rebound.
Nov 6 - 2:47 PM

Matt Moore was hammered for eight runs - seven earned - and five hits with three walks and no strikeouts while recording just four outings in Tuesday's loss in Arizona.

It has been a forgettable season for Moore, who slipped to 6-15 while his ERA skyrocketed to 5.52. He isn't scheduled to make another start this season, so he'll likely be called upon for long relief down the stretch. Moore will be back for the 2018, as general manager Bobby Evans confirmed last week that the club plans to pick up his $9 million option.
Sep 27 - 2:24 AM

Matt Moore threw six scoreless innings against Colorado in a 4-0 win on Wednesday.

Moore has had a very disappointing season for the Giants, but this was a nice reminder that his struggles are not due to a lack of talent. He did allow six hits and two walks, but he struck out six and was able to keep the Rockies off the scoreboard. He'll look to build on this start when he gets the ball against Arizona on Tuesday in what will be the southpaw's last start of 2017.
Sep 20 - 6:43 PM

Giants general manager Bobby Evans told Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times that the club plans to pick up Matt Moore's $9 million club option for 2018.

The 28-year-old Moore has a disappointing 5.39 ERA this season, the highest among qualified starters in the National League, but he's healthy and capable of better. It's also worth noting that the Giants would hold a $10 million club option on him for 2019 if he bounces back. Given the market for starting pitching, the Giants will take their chances.
Sep 16 - 10:09 PM

Matt Moore lasted 4 1/3 innings and gave up four runs Wednesday in a loss to the Dodgers.

Cody Bellinger was too much for Moore to handle, driving in three of the four runs with a triple and a homer. It was Moore's shortest start since July 7. He hasn't been good at any point, but he has steadily lowered his ERA from 6.04 headed into the break to 5.39 now.
Sep 14 - 2:44 AM

Matt Moore improved to 5-13 after allowing two runs in 6 2/3 innings Friday against the White Sox.

The only damage was a two-run homer from Avisail Garcia in the fourth inning. Moore fanned four and walked a pair in the victory. The southpaw has had a disappointing season on the whole with a 5.31 ERA, but he has allowed two earned runs or fewer in four out of his last five starts.
Sep 9 - 1:29 AM

Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle writes that "chances are" the Giants will exercise Matt Moore's $9 million option for 2018.

Moore has suffered through a rocky 2017 campaign that's seen him post a 5.42 ERA over 156 innings. However, there are a few reasons why picking up his option for 2018 makes sense. For one, it will give them an additional $10 million option for 2019. Also, while Moore's inconsistency can be maddening, he's still only 28 and has had some dominant starts as a Giants, including a near no-hitter and also a brillant NLDS outing versus the Cubs.
Sep 8 - 12:56 PM

Matt Moore was knocked around in Tuesday's loss to the Padres, giving up five runs on eight hits over his five frames.

The veteran southpaw walked one and struck out two on the night. The wheels fell off the tracks in the fourth inning where Jabari Blash hit a solo homer and Manuel Margot added a three-run shot. He'll carry a disappointing 5.49 ERA and 1.52 WHIP into Sunday's start against the Cardinals.
Aug 30 - 1:28 AM

Matt Moore allowed one run on five hits over six-plus innings while taking a no-decision in Wednesday's win over the Brewers.

Moore fanned six and walked two on the afternoon. Travis Shaw notched an RBI double off him in the first inning, but he otherwise kept the scoreboard clean during his time on the mound. He will carry a still-unsightly 5.38 ERA and 1.51 WHIP into a road date with the Padres next time out. While those numbers are far from impressive, Moore has now turned in three consecutive quality starts.
Aug 23 - 6:55 PM

Matt Moore pitched 7 1/3 innings of two-run ball Friday in a win over the Phillies.

Since talk of a move to the bullpen started up, Moore has responded with back-to-back quality starts. The only other time that's happened all season was in May, when he had four in a row. The win tonight was Moore's first since June 20. At 5.54, his ERA is as low as it's been since mid-June.
Aug 19 - 1:32 AM

Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News writes that the Giants have considered moving Matt Moore to the bullpen.

Moore struck out nine batters while allowing two runs over seven innings Sunday against the Nationals, but he still owns an ugly 5.71 ERA through 24 starts on the year. He made two relief appearances during his first taste of the majors in 2011, but he has pitched exclusively as a starter since. Regardless of whether he pitches out the bullpen down the stretch or not, the Giants could have an interesting decision to make about him this offseason. Moore's contract includes a $9 million club option for 2019 or a $1 million buyout.
Aug 14 - 9:17 AM

Matt Moore pitched well in a no-decision against the Nationals on Sunday night, racking up nine strikeouts over seven innings of two-run ball.

Moore scattered seven hits on the night and didn't walk a batter. Both runs that he surrendered were via solo homers, with Daniel Murphy and Ryan Zimmerman each taking him deep. The left-hander has been remarkably inconsistent this season, but continues to show occasional flashes of brilliance. He'll carry a 5.71 ERA and 1.56 WHIP into Saturday's start against the Phillies.
Aug 13 - 10:36 PM