The Texas Rangers have acquired left-handed pitcher Matt Moore from the San Francisco Giants in exchange for prospects, sources confirm to FanRag Sports. The Giants will be getting "prospects" in return, but nothing too costly according to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News. He was 6-15 with a 5.52 ERA in 174 1/3 innings last season, setting a career high for losses, as the Giants finished last in the NL West. 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. Their starters ranked 17th in Major League Baseball with a 4.66 ERA last season, despite having Yu Darvish through July and Cole Hamels.
The move comes as a cost-cutting measure for the Giants, who are looking to clear payroll space. Texas chose to trade Yu Darvish to Los Angeles at the trade deadline last season, finishing 78-84 and missing the playoffs.
The Giants believed Moore could bounce back next year, and they never waffled with his 2018 option, even though at times it seemed they shouldn't pick it up.
Rumours had been swirling this offseason regarding Texas' interest in starting pitching. If the six-man rotation idea is still on the table for the Rangers, they could add another starter.
Instead, Moore is headed to the Rangers and the Giants will dive back into the free agent market. The $9 million could be costly if Moore's numbers are close to his 2017 numbers.