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Matt Moore | Starting Pitcher | #55

Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Age / DOB:  (27) / 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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Matt Moore pitched well in Thursday's win over the A's, allowing three runs on four hits over seven innings.
Moore struck out six and walked two on the evening. All three runs on his line came home when Jake Smolinski cracked a three-run homer in the bottom of the second inning. The 27-year-old southpaw is a potential trade candidate as the deadline nears and will carry a 4.31 ERA and 1.27 WHIP into a road showdown with the Dodgers next time he toes the rubber. Jul 22 - 3:15 AM

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SB Nation's Chris Cotillo reports that the Rangers are "not expressing preference" in which pitcher they're targeting in trade talks with the Rays.

Most of the reports have revolved around Matt Moore and the Rangers, but Cotillo says that Moore, Jake Odorizzi and Drew Smyly are "all equally in play." Ultimately, it sounds like it could just depend on what the Rays' asking price is for each of their hurlers. The Rangers are interested in adding rotation and bullpen help.
Jul 17 - 3:56 PM

FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Rangers and Rays are engaged in trade talks and Matt Moore is among the names that's been discussed.

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times first reported late last month that the Rangers had interest in Moore. Morosi notes that no deal is imminent and that the Rangers are seeking a reliever in addition to a starter. Moore has had an up-and-down season but has pitched well of late with a 2.51 ERA over his last seven starts. The left-hander is making $5 million this season and the Rays have club options on him through 2019 totaling $26.5 million.
Jul 17 - 9:32 AM

Matt Moore limited the Orioles to two runs over seven innings but suffered the loss Saturday.

Moore held the O's to five hits and a walk, but a J.J. Hardy two-run homer in the second inning ended up being enough to saddle him with his seventh loss. Moore has four consecutive quality starts to lower his ERA to 4.33, and he seems to be peaking at the right time with the trade deadline approaching. Moore will have another chance to showcase himself Thursday against the Athletics.
Jul 16 - 10:31 PM

Matt Moore gave up four runs -- two earned -- over six innings in Saturday's loss to the Red Sox.

Moore allowed seven hits and walked three while striking out four on the afternoon. The loss dropped him to 5-6 with a 4.46 ERA and 1.33 WHIP heading into the All-Star break. With some reported interest in the southpaw, Moore could be pitching for a new team at some point in the second half.
Jul 9 - 10:12 PM

Matt Moore limited the Angels to two runs over 6 2/3 innings Monday in the Rays' 4-2 victory.

Another good outing from Moore, who has settled in nicely after a rough stretch between early May and early June. The left-hander scattered six hits and two walks over his 6 2/3 frames, striking out three. His season ERA has decreased in five straight starts, but Moore may have a tough time continuing that streak in his next outing against the Red Sox at Fenway Park.
Jul 4 - 4:45 PM

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rangers are showing interest in Matt Moore.

Topkin says that the Rangers are "already hot on Moore's trail and 3-4 others are expected to join the pursuit." Moore has rebounded after a seven-start stretch where he put up a 7.71 ERA, posting a 2.36 ERA over his last four outings while striking out a batter per inning. The lefty is a wild card given his inconsistent results since returning from Tommy John surgery, but he makes sense as a potential lightning-in-a-bottle type acquisition given his upside. The Rays have three club options on Moore starting in 2017.
Jun 30 - 10:27 AM

Matt Moore fired seven scoreless innings in a 4-0 win over the Red Sox on Wednesday.

It was an impressive start against a good lineup. Moore allowed just three hits, all of them singles in the sixth inning. But he managed to wiggle out of the jam and keep the Red Sox off the board. The southpaw walked a pair and struck out six in the victory and now sits at 4-5 with a 4.67 ERA on the year. He’ll try to keep the momentum going in a start against the Angels next week.
Jun 29 - 3:13 PM

Matt Moore was touched up for five earned runs in 6 2/3 innings in a loss to the Orioles on Friday.

He struck out six and walked only one in addition to the seven hits he surrendered. Moore was sailing along until the fifth inning when J.J. Hardy drove in Chris Davis with a single. Davis then cleared the bases with a three-run single in the sixth. Moore pitched well earlier in the year but has struggled of late. His ERA climbed to 5.04 and his record fell to 3-5.
Jun 24 - 10:33 PM

Matt Moore allowed two runs over six innings against the Giants on Saturday.

Moore gave up six hits and walked two, striking out five in the no-decision. He actually left in line for his fourth win before the Giants came back to tie the game and eventually win. It doesn't take away from the fact that Moore has now turned in two good starts in a row to bring his ERA back below 5.00. Moore will continue working on his 4.90 ERA and 1.38 WHIP Friday at the Orioles.
Jun 18 - 10:40 PM

Matt Moore pitched marvelously in Sunday's 5-0 win over the Astros, striking out 10 and allowing just two hits over seven shutout innings.

This was Moore's second start of the season with double-digit strikeouts. He threw 114 pitches (79 strikes) over his seven innings of work. Entering Sunday's start, the 26-year-old southpaw had allowed at least four runs in four of his last five outings. For the season, he owns a 5.05 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and 73/23 K/BB ratio over 76 2/3 innings. A home start against the Giants awaits him next time he toes the rubber.
Jun 12 - 4:17 PM

Matt Moore felt the burn in Tuesday's loss to the Diamondbacks, surrendering five runs on seven hits over seven innings.

All five of the runs on Moore's line came to the plate via a pair of home runs. Jake Lamb clocked a three-run shot in the fourth inning and Paul Goldschmidt uncoiled for a two-run shot in the sixth. Moore struck out three and walked one on the evening. In 12 starts, the 26-year-old southpaw has allowed at least four runs five times and has coughed up 14 gopher balls. For the season as a whole, he holds an unfortunate 5.56 ERA, 1.48 WHIP and 63/22 K/BB ratio across 69 2/3 innings. A home start against the Mariners awaits him next time he trudges to the mound.
Jun 7 - 11:57 PM

Matt Moore allowed eight hits, including two home runs, and four runs over five innings in a no-decision against the Twins on Thursday.

Moore also walked two while striking out four. One of the home runs was of the fluky inside-the-park variety, but the other was a frozen rope over the left field wall off the bat of Brian Dozier. Moore has now given up 12 home runs in 11 starts, a disconcerting trend, certainly. The southpaw will carry a 5.46 ERA and 1.52 WHIP into Tuesday's matchup with a good Diamondbacks offense.
Jun 3 - 1:29 AM

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe hears that the Rays would listen to trade offers for Matt Moore "in the type of deal that would bring back a major league player and a good minor league piece."

Cafardo was told that the Rays aren't anxious to deal from their rotation depth for a hitter but will consider it for the aforementioned package. Moore has been inconsistent this season, posting a 5.31 ERA and 1.47 WHIP. He remains an intriguing guy, though, and his contract is appealing with three club options totaling $26.5 million the next three years.
Source: Boston Globe
May 29 - 10:20 AM

Matt Moore struck out seven while allowing three runs over 6 2/3 innings in a win over the Yankees on Saturday.

Moore gave up eight hits and walked three, so he's not quite out of the woods yet, but it was a step in the right direction in what has been a tough year thus far. Moore hadn't struck out seven in a game in more than a month, and the quality start was also his first since April 27. Moore moved to 2-3 with a 5.31 ERA and 1.47 WHIP, and he'll try to carry some momentum into Thursday's start at the Twins.
May 28 - 7:37 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Curt Casali
2Luke Maile
1B1Steve Pearce
2Logan Morrison
2B1Logan Forsythe
2Nick Franklin
SS1Brad Miller
2Tim Beckham
3B1Evan Longoria
LF1Brandon Guyer
2Desmond Jennings
CF1Kevin Kiermaier
2Mikie Mahtook
RF1Steven Souza
2Oswaldo Arcia
DH1Corey Dickerson
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Chris Archer
2Jake Odorizzi
3Drew Smyly
4Matt Moore
5Blake Snell
6Matt Andriese
7Alex Cobb
8Chase Whitley
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Alex Colome
2Brad Boxberger
3Xavier Cedeno
4Enny Romero
5Erasmo Ramirez
6Matt Andriese
7Kevin Jepsen
8Dylan Floro