Texas Rangers Acquire Matt Moore From Giants

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.(KRQE)-The San Francisco Giants have traded starting left-handed pitcher Matt Moore to the Texas Rangers for right-handed pitching prospects Israel Cruz and former University of New Mexico Lobo Sam Wolff.

Moore is coming off a rough 2016 in which he led the National League in losses (15) and earned runs (107), finishing the year 6-15 overall with a 5.52 ERA and 1.532 WHIP. Moore was an all-star in 2013 and was very successful with Tampa Bay from 2011-2014, before injuring his elbow and needing Tommy John surgery.

Moore, 28, is coming off a terrible season. On the last night of the Winter Meetings, general manager Bobby Evans said he had offers in hand that would allow the club to shed payroll. Since this is a clear salary dump, the Giants shouldn't be getting back any high profile names in this transaction, but the money is what matters here. Pence is not in the trade with Texas. Moore is on the hook to make $9 million during the 2018 year, with a $10 million team option available for 2019. The deal costs them their No. 4 starter, but also gives the Giants an extra $9 million to play with as they look to fill multiple holes.

The trade for Moore puts four left-handers in the rotation, leaving Fister as the only right-hander.

Rumours had been swirling this offseason regarding Texas' interest in starting pitching. It could work out if Moore bounces back to form.

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