On Friday, the San Francisco Giants agreed to trade Matt Moore a southpaw starting pitcher to the Texas Rangers. A report earlier said the Giants were in the middle of completing a deal that would shed some payroll, which perhaps is the rationale behind the deal involving Moore.
Moore, who is 28, experienced a poor season in 2017. With the Giants, he finished the season 6-15 with an ERA of 5.52 and a WHIP of 1.53. Despite playing games at home in AT&T Park, which is pitcher friendly, Moore led the National League in earned runs given up.
Moore also gave up 27 homers. He is due to be paid $9 million for 2018 before he becomes a free agent.
The Giants in return will receive a pair of right-handed relievers in Israel Cruz and Sam Wolff. Cruz, who is 20, had an ERA of 5.91 last year in Rookie Ball, but his 42 strikeouts across 32 innings were very promising.
Wolff, who is 27, has never reached the majors. Between Double- and Triple-A last season, Wolff posted an ERA of 2.93 with a WHIP of 1.30 and 59 strikeouts over 43 innings worked.
Moore was a top-three consensus prospect at one time along with Bryce Harper and Mike Trout, and then finished the American League Cy Young voting ninth for Tampa Bay in 2013. However, since that point he has had several injuries and has not been that effective.
Over the past three seasons combined, the southpaw has an ERA of 4.85 and a WHIP of 1.42.
For Texas, this is additional rotation depth. In 2018, the sure arms for the rotation to date are Martin Perez and Cole Hamels. After those two, Moore will join Mike Minor, Doug Fister, Yohander Mendez, Nick Martinez, Matt Bush and A.J. Griffin as hopefuls in the rotation. It is expected that Moore will be given a big look to take the third spot in the Rangers rotations.
The addition of Moore will likely not affect the Rangers pursuit of other starters in the free agent market like Alex Cobb.
As for San Francisco, it is unknown in what direction the team goes now. This could be a sign of a sell off of salaries to make room for a big acquisition through free agency or they might just want to reshape their roster.
After obvious starters Madison Bumgarner, Jeff Samardzija and Johnny Cueto, right Chris Stratton and southpaw Ty Blach look to be the current rotation for the Giants.